Sheila C.  Lawrence
Sheila C. Lawrence39

Partner and senior client adviser,
Ballentine Partners

Fast Facts

  • Often called "the compost lady" because of her interest in recycling.
  • Born in Vienna, Austria, and lived in Taipei, Taiwan as a child.
  • Began college career as a dance major at NYU Tisch School of Arts.

Sheila Lawrence's philosophy revolves around doing the next right thing. Sounds simple enough, but it requires thought and effort.

She joined Ballentine Partners in Waltham, Mass., in 2007, after attaining a master's degree in law and diplomacy at Tufts University's Fletcher School, and became intent on advocating "for significant use of philanthropy, impact investing, values-based estate planning and measuring success based on long, multigenerational time-horizons."

Ms. Lawrence has donated an average 17% of her gross income over the last five years to various causes, and she mentors students from low-income families.

As a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council, she chairs the Public and Community Outreach Committee, helping organize volunteering and charitable giving.

Ms. Lawrence says "I love what I do," because she has the opportunity to "tangibly make people's lives better."

— Dan Smith


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