The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Monica Nassif Haddad, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
Monica Nassif Haddad fell in love with Morgantown when she arrived from Alexandria, Virginia, in 1984 to study political science at West Virginia University. In 1991, she went on to receive her J.D. from WVU’s College of Law, and she has practiced law in Morgantown ever since.
For the past 10 years, Haddad has worked as a full-time mediator of civil litigation cases, spending each day working with those involved in disputes and lawsuits in order to reach mutually agreeable resolutions. As a middle child of five, she has been meditating for as long as she can remember.
This year, Haddad took office as the president of the West Virginia State Bar, an association that serves more than 7,000 licensed West Virginia attorneys. She has a commitment to serving others and operates with a Maya Angelou quote in mind: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Despite her professional success, Haddad views her family as her greatest accomplishment. “While my work has always been important to me,” she says, “time with my family has trumped anything I could ever do professionally.”