August 7, 2020
Get to Know Nicole Brunson (she’s not your typical lawyer!)
Nicole Brunson is associate general counsel on Trane Technologies’ Commercial Litigation team. She is not your typical lawyer. In college, she majored in biochemistry and wanted to find the cure for cancer. Then she decided to get her MBA to give her science degree some business credibility. She took the LSATs almost on a lark – after taking the practice test (and earning a high score without cracking a textbook), because it was offered in her town and she loves solving problems.
But, really, Nicole’s career in law is the perfect outlet for her
combination of technical skills, analytical mind, business savvy and
critical thinking. In addition to making a difference for the company
in legal matters, Nicole wants to make an impact on our people in her
role as co-chair of Trane Technologies’ Black Employee Network (BEN),
one of eight employee resource groups (ERGs) that reflect the
diversity of our workforce around the globe.
Nicole champions diversity and inclusion at Trane Technologies, and
honors her own dimensions of diversity – and those of everyone she
Q&A with Nicole
Why are employee resource groups (ERGs) important? ERGs create
community within the larger organization, and in a company as large as
ours, it’s easy to get consumed by your role or function. When you
need a place to go to recharge and rejuvenate, you often look to do so
within your own community.
ERGs are important because they create places people can go to be
seen beyond their role or function, by people who understand what
they’re going through at work and in the community. ERGs are also a
safe way for the entire company to appreciate the different dimensions
of diversity of their employees and for employees to affiliate with
demographics they are not part of, to learn and share in a way that is
non-threatening to develop better understanding.
Why do you show up every day? Because my job isn’t done yet. I
love what I do for a living and I love where I do it. And I believe I
have more to give beyond the cases and disputes I handle in my legal
role. I have more to give to this company to help it be a place that
everyone wants to come to work, that makes products that everyone
wants to own.
Who is your role model? My 15-year-old daughter is one of my
role models. She is unapologetically herself, even if it comes with
some self-doubt – we all have that from time to time. My daughter is
committed to being who she is, in a way that’s respectful and
admirable – and she doesn’t apologize for it.
What impact do you want to have at work? I have a mantra: Leave
it better than I found it. So every piece of work I touch, every
person I meet, every project I engage in, I want to create value and
leave it better than I found it. I want to do good and bring good to
everything I touch and everyone I meet.
Best advice: Don’t be afraid to try something different or new.
It’s not a failure if you’ve given your best, although oftentimes
people fail because they don’t give their best.
Your family: My husband, James, and I have three children,
15-year-old twins Neala and Jackson and three-year-old Davis. My
husband is a retired army veteran and pastor. I’m “mom-mom” to his
29-year-old son James, Jr. (the only steps in our house go up and
Your family culture: We are a blended family that believes in fairness and the equality of all people. We choose to be there for each other and to be for each other.
Nicole and her family
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