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September 1, 2014

2014 40 Under Forty: Alicia M. O'Connell

Attorney and Partner, O'Connell & O'Connell, Auburn

Birthplace: Worcester

Residence: Worcester

High school: Auburn High School

Colleges and degrees earned: B.A., Bowdoin College; J.D., New York Law School

Career highlights: Realizing right where I started is right where I belong. After my first job with a big firm, I returned to Auburn in 2011 and joined the real estate law practice my father started more than 30 years ago and know I am where I am supposed to be.

Community involvement: I joined the Women's Initiative of Central Massachusetts to connect with women who care about the future of girls in our community, and I chair the committee that runs annual financial literacy conferences for eighth-grade girls. I also volunteer regularly for Girls Inc. of Worcester.

Ultimate career goal: To strengthen my involvement with women and youth in the community and expand my practice in the probate and family court.

Non-relatives you admire most: Women who were and continue to be firsts, and other families who meet the challenge of working together in small businesses.

Favorite book: “The Last of Her Kind,” by Sigrid Nunez

“If I were to win $1 million in the lottery, I would … have a hard time spending it on myself.”

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