December 2015 WIPP National Partner of the Month - Cindy Towers
Monday, December 7, 2015
WIPP National Partner of the Month
Cindy Towers, Co-Founder and CEO of JURISolutions
We sat down with Cindy to ask her a little more about her company and relationship with WIPP…
Tell us a little about your company and its mission.
JURISolutions is a company dedicated to delivering innovative and value-driven legal solutions to corporations, law firms and government entities across the country. We sit in the space between in-house legal departments and outside law firms. We provide a number of outsourcing and insourcing offerings including highly skilled project attorneys and subject matter experts, full-service legal staff augmentation, end-to-end litigation support and government support services. Our corporate mission is to take a very client-centric approach to the design and delivery of legal services to increase efficiency within our client’s legal operations. We also have an executive search arm as well. The company’s secret sauce across all verticals is our unparalleled recruiting and vetting processes that enable us to find the best legal talent for each specific initiative.
Have you always been an entrepreneur? If not, what, or who, inspired you to take this leap?
Although the nature vs. nurture verdict may still be out, I can tell you that entrepreneurship is definitely a family trait. My father was a child of the depression with the odds of success firmly stacked against him. Despite very limited education and financial resources, he and my mother were able to build a very successful auto parts company. After spending summers counting mufflers and spark plugs, I thought getting professional degrees would be more satisfying than owning my own business. I was wrong. It took me 10 years to figure out what my father had always known and was trying to teach me. Being an entrepreneur is so much more than just being your own boss. It is about having the authority and control to make a difference in the lives of others!
What has been your biggest lesson learned in working with the Federal Government?
To remain agile. Being mindful of all the moving parts and levels of urgency – from end user, to program and contracting offices each has a problem to solve within a certain timeframe – we get to know our customer closely and stay in alignment with each group in order to move the needle efficiently.
Do you have a contracting success story that you are proud of?
This year we were awarded a large contract with the CFPB. We are particularly proud of this contract because it was the result of a very strategic process. In 2013, I had attended an event where leadership from CFPB was a speaker. In learning about the agency, it became apparent that their volume of legal work was very large and that they likely had problems we would be able to successfully solve for them. We set out to get to know as much about the agency as we could. I personally attended their outreach events, met stakeholders and read every news alert published. When the contract eventually went out to bid, we were invited to compete and won.
Tell us about your experience as a WIPP Member? What resources/value has WIPP provided that has been helpful to you and your company?
WIPP has been very instrumental in helping us grown within the government space. The resources offered are incredible: speakers, webinars, legislative updates, sources sought blasts and much more. I have also been given amazing opportunities to be a speaker at a ChallengeHER event, which afforded me amazing exposure to stakeholders in the government, SBA and corporate primes.
Please See Cindy's Bio Below:
Cynthia (Cindy) Towers is co-founder and CEO of JURISolutions, a company dedicated to delivering innovative and value-driven legal solutions to corporations, law firms and government entities across the country. The company’s offerings include highly skilled project attorneys, full-service legal staff augmentation, end-to-end litigation support, government support services, and executive legal search. Cindy is a nurse turned lawyer who began her legal career in 1991 specializing in products liability and medical malpractice litigation.
Cindy and her company have been recognized by numerous awards including the 2013 WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise Star; the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ 2011 Leadership Award; the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2010 Philly100 Award; and SmartCEO Magazine’s 2010 Future50 Award and finalist for the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award. The company has also been a multiple-year recipient of DiversityBusiness.com Top 500 Women Owned Businesses and, most recently, the company was recognized with the Gold Award from American Lawyer Magazine for Top Legal Recruitment Firm Nationally.
Cindy is a huge supporter of women in business. To this end, she is on the Board of the Women’s Business Development Center in Philadelphia and is very active in the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ (“WBEC”) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (“WBENC”). Cindy is also a member Women Influencing Public Policy (“WIPP”), the National Association of Women Business Owners (“NAWBO”) and Diversity Alliance for Science (“DA4S”). She also enjoys mentoring young woman entrepreneurs and is a frequent event speaker. Outside of her professional life, she is an active volunteer in the community and a dedicated swimming and football mom.