September 01, 2020

Employee Spotlight- Barbara Caparell

TSG Reporting
TSG Reporting

TSG Reporting prides itself on the dedication and talent of those that make up our team. Each individual that encompasses TSG Reporting adds value and represents the company with dignity and professionalism. They will always go above and beyond for their clients.

We are dedicated to making our clients’ lives easier, anticipating their needs, and solving problems with unrivaled responsiveness.

We invite you to follow us as we turn the spotlight onto the different individuals who make us who we are. You will get to learn their unique talents, interests and what continues to drive, inspire and motivate them to bring their best to TSG and those we serve.

What brought you to TSG?

Joining TSG in 2016 was not something I had planned for. I stopped practicing law after 20 years when my husband, Jim, unexpectedly passed away. At this time, my two daughters, Arian and Alena, both under the age of 3 who we adopted from China needed me. When the girls were off to school and well-adjusted, I decided to go back to work after many years at home with them. At this time, I was still deciding between returning to practice or moving onto something new. During my search, I let people know that I was looking and one of our dear friends, who we adopted with the first time, told me that her cousin was a lawyer and left the field as well to take care of her kids. I was also informed she was doing something in the legal world in and out of Chicago.

I was then connected with her awesome cousin, Carrie, who works at TSG Reporting. I had no idea that Carrie worked for a court reporting company until we spoke. She was very positive about her transition from a lawyer to a court reporting company and about her experiences at TSG Reporting. I was intrigued so Carrie told me she would talk with her manager, Joseph Gordon, about continuing the discussion. My many conversations with Joey sold me on TSG as he made me realize that I could use my legal experience and communication skills as a litigator to create trusted relationships. Furthermote, I could help clients problem-solve all their deposition needs. I never would have imagined that my work journey would take me to a court reporting company but here I am!!!

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What is your favorite part about working at TSG Reporting?

What I enjoy most about working at TSG Reporting are my interactions with the legal world as well as my connections with clients. TSG allows me to still be in litigation but this time in a supporting role. I can create relationships with my clients so they trust me and my team to be reliable with all their ligitation needs. I also enjoy working with my teammates as nothing can get accomplished without all of us working together. I came to TSG because it had a culture of teamwork, positive connections and high-caliber work. This has since molded the company into a quality brand that makes TSG stand out and I am proud to be a part of this team.

I also appreciate that I can be authentic and do my job with integrity and positivity while creating solutions to best serve my clients.

How have you handled this COVID/ Quarantine period?

What an incredibly strange year 2020 has been thus far! COVID-19 has stopped our world in its tracks and personally and professionally we have all had to pause. The loss of lives, jobs and in-person connections has been difficult to handle. This pause, however, has given us a unique opportunity to reflect and grow by slowing down and doing things that our busy lives wouldn’t otherwise have allowed us to do. My girls and I have tried to take advantage of this unique opportunity using this time together to gain new skills like Arian learning to cook, Alena training our rescue dog Kova, and me finally making meditation a routine in my life.

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Other things we did to ground ourselves and keep us sane were getting a fire pit for our outside patio, making a makeshift screen to watch movies, having smores at night, watching the Panda Cam from the National Zoo, taking walks with Kova at the beach, Disney sing-along nights as well as reading all the books that we could never get to. One of the coolest traditions we began during our quarantine was reading Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris together. This book is a series of short, interesting profiles from 100 successful and eclectic “mentors”. They answer up to 11 fascinating questions, allowing us to read and learn about their wisdom and secrets to their success. I had purchased the book years ago and never got the chance to read it, so this was the perfect time to start. The girls have also gotten a lot out of it.

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We have met many people through the book like Susan Cain, co-finder of the Quiet Revolution, showing the power of introverts; Jacqueline Novogratz, the founder and CEO of Acumen that raises money and invests in companies, leaders, and ideas that change the way in which the world tackles poverty; and Dr. Michael Gervais, a sports psychologist who has worked with Olympic god medalists and Super bowl teams. Their advice was impactful and intriguing and we all learned a lot especially my girls who saw the endless possibilities of how to contribute to the world and be successful.

On a professional note, COVID-19 has changed the way depositions are currently being handled. The focus has now understandably shifted away from in-person to remote depositions. TSG Reporting has always had the ability to handle remote depositions for clients but prior to COVID-19 they were rarely requested. Now there is such a demand for them and TSG is at the forefront of providing a multitude of platforms for our clients to take remote depositions. This new focus has been interesting and I have enjoyed learning about new and different technologies to continue to make this happen and to educate my clients about it.

What was the last book you’ve read?

The last books I read were Becoming by Michelle Obama and Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck.

I have been meaning to read Becoming since I took a couple of friends as a holiday gift to Michelle’s book tour when it came to Boston but of course life got in the way! I am so glad that I had the time to read it during quarantine. It was a terrific read– candid, bold and honest– a great supplement to her amazing book tour! The book chronicled her journey from humble beginnings all the way to her life into the White House.

What an incredible memoir of a woman who has led a life of personal strength, resilience and authenticity to become an inspiration and an uplifting positive voice to generations. After finishing the book, I said the same thing I did after the book tour, ‘Wow – what a role model and I would love to just sit down and have a cup of coffee with Michelle!’

Mindset, while I have read a couple of times, helps guide me in the many roles that I have, but especially as a parent. The book provides research on the psychology of success and finds that success is influenced not by our abilities and talents but by how we view them. With the right mindset, you can fulfill your potential. There are two mindsets: a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. A growth mindset focuses on development so you embrace challenges and value effort while a fixed mindset focuses on permanent traits so one fears challenges and devalues effort. With a growth mindset, your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through effort. For example, kids are more apt to succeed if they are praised for their effort and not their ability because that instills in them an interest in learning, an openness to change, challenges and resilience. Having a growth mindset ensures that all of us no matter how different we are in talents, abilities, interests, can change and grow through application and experience– a good lesson for all!

Favorite Sports Team?

Anyone who knows me, even remotely, knows that I am a huge New England Patriots fan!!!!

From watching all the games with my father and brothers growing up, to being a season ticket in the 90’s and 2000s, going to Super Bowl 36, hosting massive tailgates at our home, to now watching with my daughter Alena (and once in a while Arian) to the multiple home shrines, our journey to the top of the football world has been amazing!!!!! The 6 Championships over the past two decades has been so incredible to live through and watch!!! They were made even sweeter because of where we came from – a bottom of the barrel, embarrassing franchise for decades with poor leadership, dubious decisions and utter chaos. Fun fact- Pat fans would wear bags over their heads! The last two decades have been such a gift for all of us Pats fans: the Snow Bowl, the duck boat parades, 28-3, onto Cincinnati, cut off sweatshirts, TB12, Do your Job, the Super Bowl interception, 2 GOATS and The Dynasty!!!!!! So whether you like the Patriots or not, you’ve got to admit it’s a great rags to riches story!!! GO PATS!!!!!!!

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If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

If I could have any superpower right now it would be a magic wand that has the ability to control time. That way I can do everything that I want to do and never miss anything! I am constantly rushing to get everything done for work, for my girls, for my family, friends, myself and others. There is never enough time and everything seems to overlap.

I missed Alena’s first “over the fence” home run in a softball game because I was I was finishing up driving with Arian for parent observation hours needed for her permit. I missed a chorus concert for Arian because Alena was asked to speak at an event where the Massachusetts Speaker of the House was present about her bill pending in the legislature to allow international adoptees to become President. I couldn’t make it to a concert I really wanted to go to (pre-Covid of course) because I had a meeting with the Director of an adoption agency for help with an event for The Jim Mulhern Forever Families Fund, a non –profit we started in honor of my late husband to help adoptive children and families, that could not be rescheduled. And the list goes on and on………

I also enjoy cultivating relationships with not only my family and friends but with others I meet and that takes time and I would rather not rush those exchanges because I have something else to do so if I could control time I would get to everything I wanted to do every time!!!!!!

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