Franci Neely not only collects ethnic hats from around the world, but she’s worn many hats, too. The retired Susman Godfrey LLP partner spent about two decades as a lawyer and says she got some of her best career advice from her law partner Steve Susman. She cites him as one of her top influences. His advice was, “Don’t procrastinate!” Franci Neely shares. “And he also advised giving birth to a high-quality work product but not to await perfection.”
It’s a sentiment Franci Neely says she’s carried with her throughout her life. Now, she’s the head of the Franci Neely Foundation and a highly involved philanthropist on the board of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a variety of other noteworthy organizations such as Moody Center for the Arts, and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.