Women in Business: Ivette P. Alvarado, Esq.
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2018? Led a team of attorneys in successfully investigating, negotiating and drafting key transactional elements of a massive redevelopment project in Central New Jersey on behalf of a redeveloper. The project included entering into a master redevelopment agreement; addressing issues related to multiple construction and development phases, brownfields and environmental impacts, and riparian grants; and undertaking of a large-scale land assemblage. How do you manage the work/life balance? I don’t! - and admitting that to myself is how I manage. I have two wonderful children (aged 7 & 9), an incredible spouse, and an amazing career. Sometimes I have to forego a business dinner or networking event, or leave early, in order to see my children before bed. Other times, I’m FaceTiming them from behind the podium where I just moderated a discussion or from the ladies room at an industry gala. I’ve learned that I can’t do it all, and simply have to be present and give my all to the task at hand. I’ve learned that working past midnight on occasion so I can see my kid’s play, or buying Oreos instead of baking chocolate chip cookies for the class party so I can meet my client’s needs is just fine.