Strength and asking for help may not seem synonymous in the eyes of some. As women many have been taught to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders and to not buckle. In speaking to Anina Dalsin, founding partner at Dalsin Law, her message is quite the opposite. There is strength in asking for help and people may be surprised to find out how many supporters they have if they reach out.
Providing support to a son with a disability and being determined to provide the best life and experiences was forefront in Anina’s life. She remained optimistic about the future during the dark times. She drew experience from the passion of her nanny who was instrumental in providing strength during the early years. “Never feel weak to admit that you need help. Find your voice, ask for what you need. Take people up on their offers to help.”
Anina’s 13 and 15 year old children are her driving force. Everything she does, from her professional accomplishments to civic opportunities are done with them in mind. Starting her own law firm with an infant, a 2 year old with special needs was indeed a struggle. With the support of her husband and nanny she remained determined and optimistic about a successful career despite the challenges of leaving a larger firm to build her own. “I wanted to work with people, to build things. I wanted to work in an international environment. I’m bilingual and have lived outside of the US for years. I wanted to merge foreign cultures within my business.”
Women’s empowerment and paying it forward are key in Anina’s business. “It’s empowering for me to know I’ve built my own business. I remember how far women have come & obstacles we’ve overcome. We can’t let the current political climate stop our goals.” Dalsin Law works with small and medium sized business to incorporate, commercial leases, buying and selling businesses and more. Anina has found as a business owner, joining organizations such as the Women’s Section of the Contra Costa Bar Association and the National Charities League have been helpful with networking and asking for referrals. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals!
Remaining hopeful in dark times may be difficult, but is crucial. Anina also keeps in mind the help she received as she was going through hard times and now takes the opportunity to give back. She encourages integrating on your community to remain hopeful and strong. Most recently she has done this by organizing activities including the 2 Women’s Marches in Walnut Creek. She was also part of the “End Hate” Human Banner in 2017 and continues to organize events to amplify voices within the community.
You can find out more about Anina and the legal services she provides small and medium sized businesses at www.dalsinlaw.com.
Written by: Chayla Gibson (Sol Sister)