Alex Popoff is a corporate and financing lawyer working at a mid-sized firm in the GTA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology from McGill University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto. Alex and I have been friends since elementary school (holy shi*t, we're getting old!) and it's been a thrill watching this bossy woman grow into the smart, interesting, successful #girlboss that she is today. The photo shoot for this segment was extra special since we shot it on the morning of her engagement party!
Describe your ideal career in five words.
Stimulating, Engrossing, Challenging, Enlightening, Noteworthy.
What's the dress code at your work?
I would describe the dress code as business / polished business casual. People often wear suits, but it's not required.
Describe your professional style.
Business chic with an edge. I love the subtle use of leather on a blazer. And dark nail polish.
What is your go-to outfit for work?
I pair a blazer with an interesting dress and typically throw on a statement necklace for good measure. Plus, heels. Always heels.
What is your favourite item from your work wardrobe?
My black and white faux-ostrich briefcase.
What is one trend that you consider inappropriate for the office?
Cutouts. Unless they're on shoes.
Do you feel that you are treated equal to your male coworkers?
Yes, absolutely. There are more female than male lawyers in our office, but I think everyone's expertise is appropriately valued, and people are treated as equals.
Does it bother you when people use gendered terms like "bossy", "cute", "feisty" and "high-strung" to describe women?
It does bother me. It bothers me most when people have an agenda in using them.
If you could go back and give yourself a piece of career advice five years ago, what would it be?
Nobody figures out what they want right away. Don't limit yourself, and question everything.
Who is your career icon? Who is your style icon?
Business Style Icon: Amal Clooney
Personal Style Icon: Emmanuelle Alt or Kate Moss
Career Icon: Commander Jane Shepard
What is the last book you read?
I recently finished Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (for the second time) and Deception on His Mind by Elizabeth George. I typically have 3-4 books on my nightstand at any given time, but I am always going back to my favourite authors.
Note from The Bossy One: I started this Q&A series to bring in different perspectives on work style and the rewards and challenges of being a professional woman. I'm hoping to hear from smart, interesting women in all kinds of professions and stages of their careers. Do you know someone who has an interesting perspective to share? Do you want to be interviewed for a Q&A? Send me your information at firstname.lastname@example.org!