March is Women’s History Month. All month long, we will be interviewing each of the talented, intelligent, and hardworking women of Milestone Consulting.
Today, we’re featuring our Settlement Planning Consultant, Veronica Capp. Here’s what she had to say.
What is your position at Milestone? How long have you been there?
I am a Settlement Planning Consultant and have been with Milestone for about a year now, but have been working within the legal industry for 7 years. As a settlement planner, I consult with attorneys and their claimants who have undergone a personal injury suit. I act as their advocate as they move through the litigation process and ensure that they have a confident understanding as to what their settlement options are.
The end process of a litigation can be quite overwhelming for claimants, especially if they have government benefits needing to be preserved or if they need to better understand how to safeguard their settlement monies for the future. I take their hand and guide them through that strategizing process, creating a settlement plan that is unique to their lifestyle and individual needs.
Tell us something particularly unique about your background.
I grew up in a very small town in Iowa, most people are surprised by that. I moved to Philadelphia after college and quickly adjusted to a much different way of life. Life moves so much faster in the city. Although I prefer a bit of a quicker pace, I’ve also learned how important it is to stay grounded and I think my Iowa roots have helped me do that. To me, so much of life is about working hard, standing up for what you believe in, (laughing a lot!), but most importantly helping others as often as you can. As a settlement planner, I love that I get to do that everyday.
Working with plaintiff trial attorneys and their claimants allows for us to stay up to speed with the social injustices that impact and surround us daily. Fortunately, I have been blessed with good health and I plan to make the most of it by continuing to support and work hard for the people who need me the most.
From your perspective, what are some of the main struggles women still face in the workforce, and how are professionals and businesses working to overcome them?
I think “beauty discrimination” is something we see too often in the workplace. I think a woman’s appearance plays too big of a role in whether or not opportunities may or may not be given to her. For instance, a woman who is potentially an excellent candidate and perfectly qualified for an opportunity may be denied or overlooked in place of someone who is a less viable candidate, solely based on looks. On the other hand, a woman who is well educated and intelligent, but also socially recognized as “attractive” may be questioned by her peers as to how capable she actually is.
Since the workplace largely remains male dominated, much of these problems sits outside of our control. However, I think women are coming together and making great efforts in recognizing and standing up to these issues. We are making great strides toward creating new perspectives and expectations for ourselves within the workplace.
ABOUT MILESTONE CONSULTING
Milestone Consulting, LLC is a broad-based settlement planning and management firm. Milestone’s approach is comprehensive and future-focused. The team has guided thousands of clients by taking the time to understand the complexities of each case. They assess the best outcome and find the path that enables each client to manage their many needs. Read more about Milestone Consulting at http://milestoneseventh.com/.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).