Ajla Glavasevic, Associate General Counsel, Quaker Chemical Corporation
- How long have you been in your current position?
I began my current position on October 2, 2017. As such, it has been exactly one month since I joined Quaker Chemical Corporation.
- How many years have you worked in-house?
This is my first in-house position, so I am still a rookie in the in-house world.
- What law school did you attend?
University of Cincinnati College of Law.
- Where did you attend college and graduate school? What degrees do you hold?
I attended the State University of New York at Buffalo (“UB”) in Buffalo, New York, where I studied Finance and received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Analysis. I was also a D1 Track and Field scholarship athlete at UB. Go Bulls!
- What do you consider to be your most pivotal career move?
I consider my transition in-house to be my most pivotal career move to date. Prior to joining Quaker Chemical Corporation in-house, I was an Associate at Jones, Gregg, Creehan, & Gerace, LLP where I practiced in a wide variety of legal spheres, including but not limited to, corporate law, contracts, immigration, domestic relations, criminal defense, juvenile defense, and litigation. In my experience as an Associate, I realized I greatly enjoyed working with various businesses, business owners, and within the confines of corporate law matters, which is what ultimately sparked the change.
- What's the best thing about your current job?
There are a number of things that I love about my current role, starting with my colleagues who are absolutely wonderful and make me laugh regularly. I also learn daily from them because of the exposure to diverse positions and roles that I get to interact with on a regular basis. Additionally, tending the a variety of issues and matters under the same umbrella/sphere of law has to be one of my favorite things. The ability to develop a great depth in a specific area of law, while continuing to learn and be challenged is extremely satisfactory.
- What's the worst job you've ever had?
I have to admit, I have never had a “bad” job. There have certainly been challenging ones, both mentally and physically, but I have enjoyed them all and the experiences they provided me.
- What's the most valuable life lesson you still apply today?
Be kind to every single person you meet. While I know that may sound cliché or like a Hallmark statement, it is absolutely true. Everyone, no matter their status, tax bracket, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, or gender, deserves the same kindness and respect. It is a basic human lesson, “The Golden Rule,” but I feel like people forget it quite often.
- What do you consider to be the best thing about ACC membership?
While I am new to the ACC membership, I greatly enjoy the access to useful information, updates and news pertaining to changing laws and events that may potentially impact laws, as well as to knowledgeable individuals who have a deep understanding and experience in corporate law.
- How do you achieve work/life balance?
My life is extremely hectic at times. As an immigrant in the United States (immigrated at the age of 6) and being married to an Austrian national who is a member of the Austrian Olympic Bobsled Team gearing up for the upcoming Olympics in February 2018, my life includes a lot of international travel and scheduling. That being said, I absolutely love to travel and learning about various cultures and communities. As such, I view travel as a positive in my work/life balance juggle. It allows for “me time” while leading to unexpected adventure. On a day-to-day basis, however, I achieve work/life balance by making sure I do just one thing for myself. Whether that is going for a run, reading a new book, trying new wine or a local brewery, or face-timing with my beautiful nieces, I make sure to carve out the time to tend to my mental health.
- If I were not practicing law...
I'd be a writer. Writing has been a therapeutic outlet for me since I was a child and it is something I still do on a regular basis.
- My favorite vacation spot is...
Sibenik, Croatia. Even though it is where I was born (my family is from Sarajevo, Bosnia), there is something so beautiful, calming, and soul-filling about the Adriatic Coast in Croatia, but it is a close call. I absolutely adore Budapest, Hungary and could live in Salzburg, Austria.
- A place I've never been but would most like to visit is...
Machu Picchu in Peru. I have, for a while now, wanted to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I’d also love to travel to Istanbul, Turkey and see Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
- My all-time favorite movie is...
A 3-way tie between Good Will Hunting, Garden State, and Dead Poet’s Society.
- Even people who know me might be surprised to learn that...
I am not a fan of winter weather despite growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania, attending UB in Buffalo, New York, and partially residing in Lake Placid, New York while I competed as a member of the USA Women’s Bobsled Team.