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Neville also focuses on giving back to the community. She is a member of the boards of the Salt Lake Acting Company, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul School and Women Lawyers of Utah (WLU). She works with the WLU’s work-life balance committee, supporting the advancement of women in the legal profession.
“I wanted to come to Dorsey because I knew that the firm has a long tradition of supporting strong women partners who effectively balance their practices, families and community work,” says Neville.
“The best leaders lead by example. They respect alternative points of view, recognize the skills of their team members, and surround themselves with people who compliment their own skills in order to make the team stronger.”
Saum Noursalehi 36
Senior Vice President of Marketing
“Leaders want to work with people smarter than themselves, and are not insecure about their position within the organization. They form strong teams, and are willing to take risks,” says Saum Noursalehi.
Abiding by this philosophy has served Noursalehi well in his career. He began working for Overstock in 2005 as a software developer, but his views on inclusion, collaboration and risk taking quickly propelled him up the ranks.
“Instilling an environment of interdepartmental collaboration instead of duty-specific segmentation is something that Noursalehi has championed across all of his roles within the company,” says Mark Delcorps, Noursalehi’s colleague at Overstock.
Noursalehi oversaw many inclusive programs at Overstock, including OLabs, a forum that allows any member within the company to contribute beneficial ideas. His work in problem solving, recognizing and implementing good ideas from inception to production has allowed Overstock to have the longest continuous period of year-over-year growth by quarter in the history of the company.
“Good leaders are rational, level headed and humble. They excel at assessing opportunity, and are very good at prioritizing tasks. There are only so many hours in the day, so it is critical to focus on impact.”
Curtis A. Oscarson 35
Partner/Executive Committee Member
Kunzler Law Group, P.C.
In 2012, Curtis Oscarson was part of a leadership team that recruited three business attorneys from existing Utah firms to combine with the existing Kunzler brand and trademark. The firm has since grown to 19 attorneys and counting and has more than doubled the firm’s revenue. The group has looked to businesses on the coast, and as the business has grown, the firm has hired predominantly graduates of Utah law and paralegal programs.
Although the firm’s growth has been largely spurred by out-of-state clients, Kunzler Law Group still reported more Utah-related private financing deals than any other firm in the state in the 2013 Mountain West Capital Network deal book.
Oscarson believes in business it is important to help clients focus on solving the right problems, instead of expending time and money trying to fix the wrong things, and having good leadership based on a continuous desire to drive sustainable efficiency.
“We want our clients to know that we care about the problems they face—we hope they think of us as part of their closest management advisors.”
Ema Ostarcevic 28
Chief Executive Officer
SEARCH Group Partners
Ema Ostarcevic is an entrepreneur at heart. That’s why she made the decision in 2012 to leave the world of public relations, round up investors and a private equity firm and start her own boutique recruiting firm, SEARCH Group Partners.
“We were profitable within our first year in business and in less than three years, we have offices in Utah, Tennessee and New York,” she says. “We plan on expanding to several additional states in 2015. We represent some of the most exclusive and top talent in our marketplaces and are truly grateful for the excellent reputation we get to enjoy. It’s been a year of incredible growth for me and SGP.”
In addition, the company’s revenue has increased by 350 percent and it recently launched a new executive search branch. “The executive service is the first of its kind in Utah,” Ostarcevic says.
As a former ballerina and dance instructor, Ostarcevic also has a passion for ballet and the arts. She currently sits on the governing board for Ballet West, serves as vice president of the Ballet West Ambassadors, and is active in Ballet West’s development committee.
“I get to help people find their passions. It’s the most amazing feeling.”