Common Cooking Mistakes

A partner at Brown Rudnick LLP in Massachusetts, Mary-Laura Greely serves as corporate counsel on a variety of issues, from mergers and acquisitions to executive compensation and strategic planning. While she has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, one sub-specialty has been working with successful food and beverage companies. Outside of work, Mary-Laura Greely enjoys cooking, having studied at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.

While cooking can be a fun way for people to express themselves and try new flavors, dishes can easily become less satisfying because of small mistakes. Making mistakes is a normal part of the learning process. Following are some of the most common cooking mistakes people make.

Forgetting to read the recipe completely before you start cooking can cause dishes to come out very differently than they should. A detail as small as using cold butter instead of room-temperature butter may throw off the texture or taste of the dish.

Neglecting to taste your dish as you go can lead to surprises when you sit down to eat. A good portion of cooking is about estimates, so it’s important that you regularly taste a recipe as it is prepared.

Not comparing several recipes for the same dish. That way you ensure the measurements are consistent and you are not adding an ingredient that will throw the dish off in some unexpected way.


Joining the Boston Club

A Massachusetts resident, Mary-Laura Greely is a partner in the corporate and capital markets group at Brown Rudnick. She is involved with several of the firm’s committees, including the Hiring Committee, the Women’s Initiative and Diversity Committee. She is dedicated to promoting innovation through the successful launching of new businesses within the Boston community and to supporting their legal opportunities through the consummation of various investment and commercialization projects. To this end, Mary-Laura Greely belongs to several professional organizations, such as the Boston Club.

Committed to helping women advance into leadership roles, the Boston Club was established in 1976. Since its founding, the organization has grown into one of northeast America’s largest communities for women executives and professionals. Every quarter, the Boston Club accepts new members from any sector or industry. New applicants are sponsored by current club members, who serve as their professional reference. Applications ask for information about professional background and community involvement, and most candidates have either been recognized for or have demonstrated strong leadership skills. The Boston Club also looks at how involved candidates are within their community and how committed they are to advancing women leaders.

If selected to join the Boston Club, new members pay a onetime initiation fee, followed by annual dues that vary depending on membership type. They have access to the organization’s many programs and events, along with various board opportunities for nonprofit and corporate companies. Additionally, members are given numerous networking opportunities and have the chance to make a difference for women leaders in the area and elsewhere.

Supporting 2020 Women on Boards

Partner and member of the corporate and capital markets group at Brown Rudnick, LLP, Mary-Laura Greely is an experienced business lawyer specializing in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation. Outside of the office, Mary-Laura Greely sits on the board of leaders of 2020 Women on Boards.

Launched in 2010 in Boston, 2020 Women on Boards raises awareness of the relatively low number of women who serve on corporate boards of Fortune 500 companies in the United States. The national grassroots campaign hopes to increase the number of women on boards to at least 20 percent by the year 2020. 2020 Women on Boards encourages public involvement and maintains several ways for interested individuals to show their support.

Registering your support or making a corporate or individual donation shows the campaign and corporate board nominating committees that the public cares about board diversity. Meanwhile, publicizing the issue through social media spreads awareness and helps draw attention from more corporations. Interested individuals can also become recruiters and enlist others to support 2020 Women on Boards. Individuals who recruit 20 people to register their support are eligible to win prizes. Likewise, individuals can vote for board diversity with their wallets- by using their purchasing power to buy goods and services from companies that have 2 or more women on their corporate boards.

Researching the board composition of your own employer is another great way of supporting the campaign. If the board does not have 20 percent or more women on the board, asking the CEO to consider appointing more directly addresses the issue. Further, when looking for future employment, focusing on companies that have reasonable gender balance within the board and senior management positions is a good indication that the corporation supports general workplace advancement for women.