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Live in Manhattan, and my favorite cocktail is a cosmo, but that’s where the connection between my life and Sex and the City ends. When you’re married with two toddlers, 9 p.m. is the end of your Saturday night, not the beginning. But my favorite TV series (now in reruns), about four glamorous single women during the nineties, is a one-hour escape every Tuesday night. However, in mid-July I had my very own Sex and the City moment. A few months back, our art director, Morris Stubbs, told me that he didn’t like the photo we ran on the editor’s page. It was nothing personal, he diplomatically assured me, but he and photo editor Elizabeth Williams just thought they’d prefer something else. So, on a hot summer day, a trained professional blew my wavy hair straight, another created eyebrows where none existed, and I strategically applied electrical tape to secure the loose lining of my favorite blazer. Then I stepped in front of the camera at photographer Paul Godwin’s Chelsea studio. In a scene right out of Sex, Paul told me � with a straight face � “Lose yourself in the camera.” Right. Giggles aside, the result of Paul’s hard work is below. Someone else who made his dreams come true recently is Jeffrey Kindler. In a dramatic move, Pfizer Inc’s board ousted CEO Hank McKinnell and named the general counsel to the top job. Kindler is certainly not the first chief legal officer to catapult into the corner office. More than 30 current or former CEOs at Fortune 1000 companies had GC on their resume, according to recruiter Korn/Ferry International. Still, how did Kindler do it? Plenty of top in-house counsel are great litigators and leaders, with sterling academic credentials. They’re also polished, ambitious, and shrewd about their career moves. But they don’t have the one thing on their resume that Kindler has: operations experience. After a stint as litigation chief at General Electric, Kindler went to McDonald’s as GC. Five years later, he was able to convince the Golden Arches brass that he was the man to run their Boston Market division. How? Kindler told Corporate Counsel in 2001 that he volunteered for assignments outside the legal department; strove to increase his exposure to other parts of the company; and tried to show people that he was a leader with a vision, instead of just a manager. What’s his advice to other in-house counsel who want to take the same path? In that same interview, Kindler told CC : “If you want to participate in the business, the first thing you have to do is act like a businessperson � not always like a lawyer. There’s a big difference. You have to be practical. You have to be willing to take risks.” Even if it means losing yourself in the camera.

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