Class of 2023 Presents: Megan St Ledger, General Counsel
This week on Class Of 2023, we have a very special member of the team. Megan St. Ledger is one of the OGs at Celtra, having joined way back in 2015. As our head lawyer, Megan is responsible for advising Celtra’s executive team, the Board of Directors and all other business leaders to ensure that all decisions are fully informed and risks are mitigated.
Megan’s day to day entails the negotiation of contracts with customers, answering any questions about data protection and privacy, as well as advising the company on HR matters and corporate governance. Everything she does is with the aim of Celtra achieving its goals as a company while minimizing risk. And on that note- let’s jump right in!
Q: What is your favourite quote and why?
“Because I couldn’t go for 3!“
As an alumna of The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, I draw a lot of inspiration from the football program and hall of fame Coach Woody Hayes. In 1968, Ohio State was beating its rival the University of Michigan 50-14 in the final minutes of the game, and instead of kicking an extra point, Coach Hayes went for a 2 point conversion. When asked why he went for 2, Coach Hayes is reported to have said, “Because I couldn’t go for 3!” The ultimate competitor, committed to his school and to destroying his adversary, and fighting until the last minute of the game is something that really motivated me as I was going through law school, the bar exam, and working as a young litigator.
Q: What aspect of your position do you value the most?
As a former athlete, I love being part of a team, and being Celtra’s inside lawyer brings me much closer to the Celtra team than when I was working as an outside lawyer and advising clients. I’m fully integrated in the company culture, have a better understanding of its business challenges, and (hopefully) am able to provide more strategic advice as a result. I love when we are able to celebrate big wins as a company, and it is very gratifying to see how your advice made a difference to the team’s success.
Q: What advice would you share on how to stay on top of your game?
Winning is great, but I hate losing more than I love winning. My deep-seated fear of anyone beating me is a true motivator for me, and that paranoia has always driven me to be the best I can be at anything I try to do–school, sports, parenting, etc. I think a little paranoia is good because it keeps you humble. There is always more you can learn, and you can’t just rest on your prior knowledge and achievements.
Q: What has been the most rewarding achievement during your time with Celtra?
Legal achievements are generally not something I talk about publicly. The best business lawyers guide their clients in a course of action which minimizes risk and avoids litigation, contract disputes, or scandalous headlines. Although it may not be an “achievement,” my proudest Celtra moment was when I received the Celtra Peer Award about six months after joining the company. This is among the most special accolades in my career because it means that I joined Celtra and people could immediately feel the impact that I made on them and their work.
Q: What do you do to challenge yourself, inside or outside of the workplace?
Before I became a mom, I had a lot more energy to challenge myself to do things. Now, I spend almost all of my non-Celtra hours with one of my three kids challenging my patience.
Q: What do you think the future holds for Celtra?
Celtra is fortunate to work with the most creative, innovative marketers in the world. I can’t list them given confidentiality obligations 🙂, but trust me, all the coolest brands and publishers work with Celtra. If the best brands on the planet need Celtra to achieve their creative objectives, there is no limit to the amazing work we can help these clients push out.
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