Tiffany Miller is a Partner at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP. The Burke native earned a bachelor's degree from SDSU and a JD/MBA from the USD School of Law. An active community volunteer, Miller's current service includes the boards of Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. and the Team Jack Foundation; she is also the vice chair of the Chamber's Community Appeals Committee. Miller was one of 17 people who comprised the original Steering Committee for the Young Professionals Network. Tiffany and her husband Nate have three sons, Noah (8), Luke (6) and Graham (3).
Q: How did your involvement with YPN impact your personal or professional development?
A: At the time YPN was formed, I was relatively new to Sioux Falls and new to the practice of law. I was searching for opportunities to get involved and develop professionally. Serving on the YPN Steering Committee was a great opportunity for me to get to know other young professionals and learn more about the Sioux Falls community. Through YPN, I made connections that have resulted in lasting friendships and exciting business opportunities.
Q: Why does your company choose to be a Chamber member?
A: Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP has been an active member of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce for nearly 80 years. Our firm believes in giving back to the community and supports the Chamber's efforts to promote business and economic expansion in the Sioux Falls region. Davenport Evans also works to hire the best and brightest legal minds in the nation, and we rely on the Chamber to help recruit talented professionals and showcase the amazing quality of life we have here in Sioux Falls.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have received?
A: I am blessed with wonderful parents who have given me great advice throughout my life. From my dad, I have learned to always finish what you start. He instilled in us that it's important to be a person that others can count on to follow through on your obligations. My mom is a big believer in the Golden Rule – to treat others as you want to be treated. I have found that this rule applies both personally and professionally. In a service industry like law, it's important to put yourself in the clients' shoes and be diligent in representing their interests.
Q: What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
A: My husband and I are passionate supporters of pediatric brain cancer research! When our nephew, Jack, was 5 years old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My sister and her husband started the Team Jack Foundation to raise awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research, and thus far, the Foundation has committed nearly $3 million toward various research projects. I serve as vice chair of the Team Jack Foundation's Board of Directors. Jack turned 13 last September, and while seizures, medications and brain scans are a regular part of his life, we are so grateful we get to continue to watch him grow up into an amazing young man.
Q: What makes a great leader?
A: To me, a great leader is someone who listens to others and isn't afraid to embrace change based on new information or different circumstances. A great leader recognizes others' strengths and empowers them to use their strengths for the betterment of the team. While at Davenport Evans, I have been fortunate to work with many great leaders who have a collaborative approach to leadership that makes every team member feel like a valued and important part of the law firm.