Womble Carlyle Chair & CEO Betty Temple is the subject of an in-depth interview with Diversity and the Bar, the official magazine of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). In the interview, Temple offers her thoughts on a range of topics important to the legal industry, including providing outstanding client service, recruiting top talent, promoting diversity, mentoring young lawyers and addressing work-life issues.
Temple became Womble Carlyle’s top leader in January, but she has spent her entire legal career, which began in 1989, at Womble Carlyle. It’s a career path she’s never regretted.
“I have always felt a sense of progression and movement at Womble Carlyle. Whether it was the next leadership or client opportunity, there was always room for growth. I was never bored and never felt like I was in the wrong place,” Temple tells Diversity and the Bar.
Womble Carlyle has a long tradition of client service, and Temple has made serving clients—on their terms—a central theme of her leadership. She said, “Because of my corporate transactional background, I not only view a client situation through a legal lens, but a business lens.”
In addition to being a leader and a lawyer, Temple also is a mentor to young attorneys. “I want to be a great role model,” she said. “There’s an opportunity to be an exceptional role model for women.”
Click here to read “Womble Carlyle’s Betty Temple: Strategic Business Partner and Role Model for Women” in Diversity and the Law.