Candice Hunter Corby is the CEO, president and one of two female board members of Cobra Legal Solutions, L.L.C. and was named one of the Top 10 Female CEOs of 2016 by dotCEO. She is the 2017 UALR Distinguished Alumnus. This honor is bestowed upon a graduate of the university that has achieved remarkable success in their field, brought honor to the university and serves as a positive role model to the students.

6 a.m.

Wake in a foreign city and in a foreign bed. Shake my head and remember what city I am in and why —New York City. Check my iPhone to determine the schedule for the day. First meeting not until 9 a.m.

6:10 a.m.

Send birthday emails and welcome emails to new team members. Cobra is hiring a lot these days. 28 new attorneys in February.

6:20 a.m.

Staying at the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Terminal. Hit the streets for a little exploration three-mile run.

7:20 a.m.

Now for some vittles. It’s NYC, so I have a bagel with lox and cream cheese and a coffee. Catch up on emails and newsfeeds during breakfast.

8 a.m.

Back to my room for a shower and prep for the day.

8:45 a.m.

Leave for first meeting.

9 a.m.

Meeting with client at their office around the corner. This is a big meeting — I am presenting to 15 general counsels of a Fortune 100 company. My technology expert accompanies me to the meeting, and joining telephonically are my Legal Director in Boise, Idaho, and Director of Global Operations in Chennai, India. A great presentation! The client and Cobra are very pleased. This begins a terrific partnership.

12 p.m.

Lunch at Cipriani’s in Grand Central Station. Finally, time to relax.

1 p.m.

Uber to JFK airport for the flight back to Austin. I check my email again in the car. Bad idea, my stomach doesn’t like that much. So I take in the sites of NYC on the way. A rewarding morning. I’ll be back soon, Big Apple.

2 p.m.

Arrive at JFK and breeze through security. I love Global Entry status; I am TSA pre-checked every time.

2:15 p.m.

Head to the Admirals Club—I fly American Airlines. It’s important to stay with one airline. You’ll see why next.

3 p.m.

Walk to my gate for boarding. Lovely, my iPhone says I have been upgraded to first class (why I stay with one airline).

3:10 p.m.

Board the three-and-a-half-hour flight to Austin. The friendly attendant provides a glass of white wine, and I settle in. Wi-Fi is available on flight, so I send a thank you note to my client and follow up instructions to Team Cobra.

5:45 p.m.

Text Ken, my husband, that I have landed in Austin. Never check bags domestically, so I sail off the plane. Ken collects me upstairs, and we head to dinner.

6:30 p.m.

Arrive at Red Ash, a new Italian restaurant in Austin. Tell Ken about the meetings and the new client. Some mussels and pasta make for a happy dinner.

8 p.m.

Finally home. Tiberius is very excited to see Mommy! Much jumping, whimpering and wagging. Let’s go for a walk.

9 p.m.

Time to catch some Zs. It’s been a great day!

Plan B:

When I was a little girl I wanted to be Miss America! My mom bought me a t-shirt that had a picture of a beauty queen on the front, and I would walk around the house waving—but not above the crown! I didn’t make it to the Miss America Pageant, but I did have the honor of being Miss Citrus County, Florida, in 1989. In 1990, I moved to Little Rock and was the cheerleading coach for the North Pulaski High School cheerleading squad and choreographed a portion of the Welcome Home celebration for the Bob Hope Special, welcoming the troops home from Desert Storm at War Memorial Stadium.

The UALR Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon is taking place May 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center. For tickets call 501.683.7208 or visit