In January, corporate and securities lawyer Elizabeth “Betty” Temple took over as Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice’s new chair and CEO. She’s Womble Carlyle’s first female leader, the first from outside its headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and at 51, the 140-year-old firm’s youngest-ever head.

A resident of Greenville, South Carolina, Temple now spends much of her time visiting the firm’s 14 offices in seven states and Washington, D.C., sometimes flying north to New York, where her husband, a vice president at sports media giant ESPN, spends his workweek.

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