Gulliana Lizano Goehring, 42, is an associate attorney and the marketing director at The Fry Law Firm in Atlanta. After immigrating from Peru to Georgia 21 years ago, the busy mom of four now works with “her village” — a top notch legal team, her husband and health and fitness professionals to be her best and give back to her community. When not working, you can find Goehring playing with her foster pups and volunteering with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.
What inspires you to get up every morning?
I recognize that I am very fortunate to have a career that I love and a family that is healthy, and being grateful is what inspires me every morning. When my mom passed away, one of the many lessons she left with me was that life and health are gifts that cannot be taken for granted. I try to live that out, in her honor.
What piece of advice has stuck with you throughout your career?
An attorney friend once told me, “You can have it all, but it may not be at the same time, and that is okay.” We were discussing how to balance work, family and, at that time, also my education. I went to law school in Peru, so when I moved to the United States at 21, I had to start over. I always felt that I was behind on my goals in life, but I had to let that insecurity go and focus more on what I had accomplished. I then realized the rest would come in time.
What person has influenced your life the most?
My grandfather was certainly one of the most influential people in my life. Despite having very little, my grandparents were ministers and always managed to help the people who knocked on their door. Their call to serve was inspiring and something that I was very fortunate to experience when I lived with them. I decided that becoming an attorney would allow me to assist others and, one day, I could do pro bono work. I am proud that I have been able to keep my commitment as a volunteer at the Legal Clinic for Veterans run by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
What is your favorite book?
“The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho, reminds us to never give up and that someday we will make it through our challenges and ultimately reach our life goals. I read that book with my sister, Yannina, and my mom. We were very close, and because our mom is no longer with us, this book brings a lot of warm memories of my childhood.