Franci Neely has a successful law career working as a partner at Susman Godfrey, L.L.P.

She worked for more than two decades at the firm in business litigation before retiring and being actively involved in philanthropy and volunteering.

She has worked for various nonprofit organizations including being on the board of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and also serving as Co-Chair of Film of Islamic Worlds and Art of Islamic Worlds at the museum.

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She is also on the boards of the Baker Institute of Public Policy and Moody Center for the Arts.

Neely has traveled to numerous countries including Cuba, Morocco, India, Kuwait, and Qatar.

She graduated from Austin’s School of Law at the University of Texas and currently resides in Houston, Texas.

Neely’s typical day usually involves a Cor Sickle coffee in the morning and a “to do” list that includes at least helping one person solve their problems.

She prides herself on being proactive rather than simply reactive.

According to Neely, one way she brings ideas to life is by avoiding procrastination.

At Susman Godfrey, she learned that someone does not need to await perfection but rather strive to give high-quality output in each task.

One trend that was exciting to Neely was how the pandemic changed things, especially for the art community.

This includes curated lectures and tours and streamed performances which are likely to continue even as live performances resume.

A good piece of advice that Neely relies on is making choices for a principal reason and standing by them.

This has helped her to make contributions to a myriad of good causes such as giving funds to victims of the Ukraine war.

She also tries not to make impulsive decisions in her philanthropic missions; a piece of advice she gives to every entrepreneur.

One failure that Neely had as an entrepreneur is not giving her all most of the time.

To avoid this, she advises that entrepreneurs should pick their causes well and work on them diligently.

Nelly also loves books having been a book warmer since she was a little girl.

Her favorite books include the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and Paulette Jiles’ News of the World.

Franci Neely’s favorite quote is from Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get.

We make a life by what we give.”

Learn more about Franci Neely: https://law.utexas.edu/cwil/directory/franci-neely/