Lerae Funderburg is the mother of two beautiful children and the founder and managing partner of Funderburg Law, a boutique law firm focusing on entertainment and business transactions, and estate planning. Her philosophy for success is individual attention coupled with high-quality work that is completed on time and always with the client’s overall vision in mind.
As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpower to be?
My superpower as a Black woman is adaptability. We are all faced with a myriad of different people and situations, some of which may be unpleasant, but my ability to comfortably be myself in any setting while adjusting to my environment has allowed me to make meaningful connections with people from all walks of life and build.
What key skills or qualities make you unique as an African American female leader?
My desire for wanting more from life is what makes me unique as a Black female leader. While I can be satisfied and proud of accomplishments and goals I have achieved, I am always trying to figure out how to achieve something bigger and better and how to make more of a positive impact on my kids and the Black community.
Why is it important for experienced Black women to reach back and help younger women of color?
It is important for experienced Black women to reach back and help younger women of color because they are the success stories and can teach us so much. They have overcome adversity and have the blueprint for success. They can counsel and advise us so that we don’t make the same mistakes they did and are able to achieve greatness faster and soar beyond the teachers.
What are three success habits you implement into your daily routine to maintain your success, sanity and peace of mind?
Three success habits for me are meditation, journaling and taking at least three minutes each day to say something nice to myself.
As a successful woman in business, what is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is building a successful law practice with a baby in tow. It was always very important for me to be home with my kids for the first 18 months of their lives, and it was necessary for me to earn a living to take care of them. I love that I didn’t have to sacrifice my career for motherhood, even as a single mother.