Women & Business: Kara Eaton
Eaton is a Senior Attorney with Crown Castle.
As an accounting major who realized she had more of an affinity for words than numbers, Kara Eaton decided on law school at the conclusion of her undergraduate studies. A Duquesne University law degree led her to 10 years of litigation work at several local firms where she gained deep understanding of several industries. Two years ago, an opportunity arose that allowed her to go “in-house” at Crown Castle and piece all that experience together.
Crown Castle is a Fortune 500 communications infrastructure company with a large presence in Pittsburgh. It owns and operates 40,000 cell towers and 80,000 route miles of fiber that provide data, technology and wireless service. Crown Castle has a presence in every major U.S. market and has nearly 100 offices nationwide. “I’m excited to be part of a growing company and an exciting industry,” Eaton says. “Communications and connectivity are more critical than ever to the way we live and work given the economic and public health events of 2020.”
As Senior Attorney, Eaton helps to prevent legal issues and disputes from arising and, if they do arise, to manage and resolve them. “Getting the best result for the company is always my aim – whether that is finding resolution through mediation or the courts or turning a dispute into a business opportunity that both sides can benefit from. I’m always looking for a creative way to solve problems.” Eaton is also involved in Crown Castle’s focus on diversity and inclusion and has helped to promote those initiatives inside the legal department and as they apply to external counsel and vendor decisions.
Through Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative, Eaton had a chance to observe the leadership, board and “great work” done by Pressley Ridge, a nonprofit that helps children and families navigate complex situations and overcome challenges to help them succeed in life. Eaton recently joined its board. “Pressley Ridge has a variety of foster care, adoption, educational, and community programs that they continually adapt based upon the real needs of the community,” she said. “Giving back in some way is important to me.”
What advice does Eaton offer women in business? “Say ‘yes’ to things that may make you a little nervous. When looking at a potential opportunity, ask yourself, why not me?”
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