Jane D. Clark, Class of 2006
IB is celebrating 20 years of the 40 Under 40 in 2020, and will be catching up with past recipients to see what they’ve been up to since they were honored. This week features Jane D. Clark, CEO and managing partner, Lake Effect HR & Law LLC.
What have you accomplished in your professional life/career since your 40 Under 40 selection?
In 2010, I helped my then employer through a change in ownership and helped set up HR at the new entity. After that, I became COO at QTI Human Resources and then left in 2015 to start an employment law firm. My co-workers and I then branched off and started Lake Effect HR & Law in November 2018, with the goal of offering something new. It grew out an idea that we could best serve employers by breaking out of the traditional law firm and HR firm models and partnering with our clients in a more holistic way. So far, so very good!
What accomplishments, milestones, or endeavors have you attained in your personal life since your 40 Under 40 selection?
In 2008, I had my third son. I am thrilled to see the wonderful young men my sons are becoming. I have worked very consciously to balance my personal and professional life, even while starting businesses. I continue to be actively involved in various nonprofit causes that are near and dear to my heart and that help make Madison an even better place to live. I am proud to serve on the corporate board of Park Bank.
If you were to “do it all over again,” what (if anything) would you do differently throughout your career?
Nothing! I have learned from every experience, good and bad.
How did your 40 Under 40 selection help your career?
It was a great recognition of prior accomplishments and served as a connection point with others on the annual list.
What is something that you have a new passion for since the time of your induction — either professionally or personally?
Professionally, I developed more of an entrepreneurial spirit and interest. Personally, since my sons are older, I have more time (or better perspective?) to enjoy all that my family, friends, and work life provide.
Based on your experience, do you have any advice for today’s young professionals (under 40)?
Remember that everything works out for the best in the end. You may not realize it at the time, but you can always find a silver lining.
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