Published on January 8th, 2013 | by thevyne2
Woman to Watch: Candice Cook
Twitter Handle: @CandiceSC1
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Current City: Manhattan (New York, New York)
Roles you play in life: Fiance, Daughter of remarkable parents, Best Friend, Attorney, Entrepreneur, Business Strategist, Writer, Startup Advisor
Education: I attended the University of Virginia for my undergraduate degree and Vanderbilt Law School for my law degree. I also had additional coursework at St. Anne’s College at the University of Oxford where I studied trial advocacy and attended an entrepreneurship program through Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Occupation: Managing Member of Ca-Co Global Inc. & The Cook Law Group, PLLC (http://ca-coglobalinc.com/)
Tell us about your career path. How did you get to where you are today? As the Managing Member of Ca-Co Global Inc. and The Cook Law Group, PLLC it is my responsibility to ensure that the companies serve the business/corporate/technology/
I began my career practicing law as a litigation attorney representing hotels, corporations, and many of Forbes’ and Fortune’s top ranking executives, as well as cable networks and entertainment figures in Dallas and New York for 7+ years. With the aid of mentors that included some of the best legal minds, like Judge John J. Ellington at the Georgia Court of Appeals, I was able to craft my professional expertise and engage with professional peers that included top music label executives in Atlanta and New York and digital innovators like James Andrews and Corey Stanford, who increasingly peaked my interest in doing more work within the technology and entertainment spaces. I also had amazing female mentors like the dynamic Endi Piper (Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at TV One) and Erica Williams (the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Deputy Chief of Staff) who are my sorority sisters and were inspirations who truly encouraged me and led by example when it came to professional out-of-the-box thinking. As I matriculated through my career, I witnessed the growth of the mobile and technology industries and decided to hone my relationships and experience within the start-up/venture capital community in Palo Alto via an entrepreneur program through Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. After completing my program, I returned to New York and continued providing legal services-now as the Managing Member–allowing me to provide clients the benefits of my experience in both the business and legal communities.
3 words that describe you: Resilient, Focused, Determined
Shuffle your iPod/iPhone/iTunes – what’s the first song that comes up?: Eminem-Lose Yourself
What are your top three latest obsessions: During the holidays, I obsess over sweets. My current hot list includes: Laduree Macarons (they ship the macarons from Paris and indulging in one is simply dessert heaven), Dominique Ansel’s Bakery in Soho (I am biased as I know the owners, but the former Daniel pastry chef’s bakery is everything you imagine dessert perfection to be…and then some-move over Willy Wonka!), and proper tea during the holidays with friends at locations like the St. Regis, Ritz Carlton, or The Peninsula to name a few. It never gets old and is a beautiful opportunity to engage in sisterhood in an elegant way.
What is your favorite travel destination?: Turks & Caicos
What beauty product can’t you live without?: The Neocutis line of skincare products. The products are out of Switzerland and when I saw the price I nearly fainted, but these products were recommended by one of my best friends who is a leading dermatologist and the results were undeniable. My skin had NEVER been more smooth, clear, and flawless. It’s insane and worth every penny–particularly for brown skin that is prone to hyperpigmentation.
Finish this sentence: To feel more centered I…call my parents and talk it out with both of them and then re-read either portions from The Purpose Driven Life or The Five People You Meet In Heaven. I am instantly reminded how very blessed I am and am called to action.
Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?: A combination of Diana Ross in “Mahagony”/Diane Carroll from her “Dynasty” days/Audrey Hepburn from the film “Sabrina”. Perfection.
What words do you live by?: To whom much is given, much is expected. I’ve said this before, but I think it is worth repeating. Time goes by so quickly and the time spent daydreaming is time that could be spent executing. If you want a career that looks a certain way, shape it. If someone or something gets in your way-recalibrate. If you fall down (and at some point you will), get back up. It’s not over until you are out and you are never out as long as you are here on this earth. Success requires an iterative process. Instead of dressing in just designer clothes, be more concerned with wearing your confidence and capabilities and when that is challenged keep resilience as your primary undergarment.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?: Wayne Gretzky was quoted as saying “a good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” I find that quote so relevant in the ever-changing landscape that we, as professionals, must navigate.
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