A: I’ve always been passionate about creating spaces where everyone from every background is valued and feels belonging. My mom was deeply committed to helping others and to social justice, and that really shaped so much of who I am. My legal studies also had a huge impact. When I went to law school, I became powerfully aware of lawyers being gatekeepers for justice and the importance of having those gatekeepers reflect the society in which we work. I also learned through the law that change can take time, but if you are persistent and consistent, you can solve problems that seem insurmountable.
Then, on my very first day of practicing law, I met my mentor in the I&D space. After that, at every law firm I worked at, I was on the I&D committee or the hiring committee, working toward greater inclusivity. Over 20 years later, in 2012, I had the opportunity to join my mentor and work on I&D as a professional, and I jumped in!
At the end of the day, I love supporting people. I also love understanding complicated organizations and architecting long-term change processes that create the conditions for everyone to have positive impact and feel belonging. The combination works well for me!