Women's History Month Q&A: Elise Dunitz Brennan
Name: Elise Dunitz Brennan
Office Location: Tulsa
- How long have you been with Conner & Winters?
- How would you describe your role and responsibilities with the firm?
Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator, Chair of Health Law Practice Group
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working with clients to form innovative health care delivery systems that provide quality services to patients and solving complicated compliance problems faced by clients.
- What motivates you to work at Conner & Winters?
Other talented attorneys in the firm.
- What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
Having been in a predominantly male workplace for over 35 years, I’ve seen a lot so remembering what women have dealt with in the past is important.
- Who has been your biggest role model/what woman do you look up to the most?
There were a couple of women lawyers from out of state whom I met early in my career through my affiliation with the American Health Lawyers Association. Observing them lead men in meetings, their style and demeanor, was most influential to me.
- What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t stress about being a working mom—your kids will do great!
- What advice would you give other women who want to work in the legal industry?
Find the type of work in the legal arena that you LOVE and it won’t feel like work.
- If you could have lunch with any woman, living or dead, who would it be and why?
- Are there any assumptions about women that you would like to see change?
How much time do you have?
- What is something about you that might surprise people?
I am actually very shy and I’ve had to work at being assertive.
- How do you like to spend your time when you’re not working?
So much of what I do when I’m not practicing law, such as teaching at OU and speaking at seminars, doesn’t feel like work but I also love to travel, read, see theater and film, walk with my dogs and friends. Oh and I’m a yogi.