Most Influential Women: Jessica Jarvi, Western Alliance Bancorporation
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Today’s spotlight: Jessica Jarvi
Title: Senior vice president, deputy general counsel, Western Alliance Bancorporation
Jarvi has served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel for Western Alliance Bancorporation since 2013, and as in-house counsel for the company since 2007. Jarvi oversees the legal department, and joined the company’s Senior Operating Committee in 2018. Jarvi has been practicing law since 2002, and began her legal career in the bankruptcy group at Snell & Wilmer. She graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in English and from Arizona State University with a J.D. She participated in Kellogg School of Management Women’s Senior Leadership Program in 2015, and was nominated as “Arizona Public Company Counsel of the Year” in 2017.
Source of pride: “I regularly hear stories of how much the business values the legal department. That speaks to the extraordinary team we have built in a relatively short period of time, and our collective commitment to the success of our company and our clients.”
The personality trait that helped you succeed: “A sense of humor has gotten me through a lot of difficult days. Our team works very hard, so being able to recharge is very important. Finding something to laugh about with people I work with is the best part of my job.”
The personality trait that got you into trouble: “Candor is not optional for me, it’s innate. There are times when I see someone’s eyes widen with surprise while I’m speaking, and I know it’s time to wrap it up before I get into trouble.”
Best childhood memory: “I remember discovering my mom’s law firm had a free soda fountain in the break room and deciding that had to be the coolest place in the world to work.”