President-elect of Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association Natoya McGhie

This week’s Power Woman podcast features Natoya McGhie, president-elect of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA).

Join us as McGhie speaks to our host Victoria Schneps about her life growing up in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, coming to the United States at 14 years of age, and now becoming the second-youngest person to hold the position of president at the BWBA.

She talks about her strong pull towards law enforcement and the wonderful mentors in her life, including her great-grandmother who helped raise her, and the strong ethics she learned as a child.

“I always had a sense of responsibility to go to school, to do the right thing, to be good.” she said.

McGhie’s journey has taken her from Canarsie High School to John Jay College of Criminal Justice to NY Law School, where she studied at night after working all day. She started her career at the Legal Aid Society where she litigated and tried cases, and is now a principal court attorney in Brooklyn.

Mentorship is a huge part of McGhie’s life and she is currently the co-chair of the BWBA’s Young Lawyers Committee and its Mentorship Committee.

In speaking of her internship with one of her mentors, the Hon. Nancy Bannon, McGhie says that “she really mentored me to be the person that I am right now.”

When Victoria Schneps asked her what would be good advice to give to young people starting out today, McGhie said “get off the iPhone and get out there and just meet people, network, have face to face interactions.”

She continued, “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.”

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