An interview-based podcast spotlighting women in the legal field. We will learn how they got to where they are, what lessons they have learned along the way, and what they are doing now to achieve their next goal.
Episode No. 65: Avocate/GT Panel Discussing Business Development
Today is a really special episode of Women In Law On The Record because I’m sharing an insightful panel discussion regarding how to be successful in business development. The panel featured some familiar faces and voices - like Amy Tu, Chief Legal Officer of Tyson Foods and Catherine MacDonagh, Founder of the Legal Lean Sigma Institute. It also featured Kristin Ng, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig’s Northern Virginia office. As you will hear, these ladies offer their experiences, advice, and wisdom on all things business development.
You will hear me talk about this at the beginning of our discussion but I wanted to reiterate my thanks to Avocate and Greenberg Traurig for putting this panel together and giving us all the opportunity to have this important discussion. For those that don’t know, Avocate is a women’s legal mentoring network building a community that connects law students with practicing attorneys. I have been a mentor in Avocate for a couple years now and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested. To find out more about how to get involved, go to avocateforwomen.com.
Episode No. 64: Robyn Diaz, Chief Legal Officer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Today I’m talking with Robyn Diaz, Chief Legal Officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. A native New Yorker, Robyn’s path to success in health law began when she moved to Washington D.C. and worked for a non-profit, The Whitman Walker Clinic. While there, she attended Georgetown Law. After law school, Robyn spent a few years at a law firm where she advised health industry clients on compliance and regulatory issues. She made the move in-house when she took a job with MedStar Health. As you will hear her describe, Robyn wasn’t sure she had the experience necessary for the role at the time. But, she was eager to learn and rose to the occasion when the duty to serve her new clients called. Robyn has been with St. Jude for over 10 years now but her practice continues to grow and evolve. Her journey is an admirable one and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did.
Episode No. 63: Rosanna Berardi, Berardi Immigration Law
Today I’m talking with Rosanna Berardi, managing partner of Berardi Immigration Law, a boutique immigration firm in Buffalo, New York. A former US Immigration and Naturalization Service immigration inspector and trial attorney, she has extensive experience handling emergency and complex cases, leveraging professional networks at agencies, embassies, and consulates around the world to benefit clients and bring cases to effective conclusions. During our conversation, Rosanna spoke about how she always felt law was her calling. After spending a few years at a big law firm, Rosanna took a chance to start her own law firm, which began as a solo practice in her apartment. Over 15 years later, Berardi Immigration Law is full of team members. But, every step of the way, Rosanna made it a priority to always do her work at the highest level.
Episode No. 62: Kristin Gomez, Hyundai Motor America
Today I’m talking with Kristin Gomez, Senior Manager at Hyundai Motor America in southern California. Kristin is relatively new to her role, which is focused on advising on business and legal strategies as they relate to the company’s green cars. Day to day, Kristin draws on her pre-law experience in environmental policy as well as her legal expertise. As you will hear, Kristin spent four years before law school working with state regulators in the clean air space. After law school, she joined the Jackson Titus law firm where she gained civil litigation experience. She made the move in-house to Honda a few years ago when the great opportunity presented itself. Now with Hyundai, and as a new mom, Kristin is continuing to do what she loves. Kristin is humble, sharp, and genuine. Please enjoy getting to know her.
Episode No. 61: Amy Tu, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Tyson Foods
Today I’m talking with Amy Tu, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas. As you will hear, Amy has great responsibility as she oversees the legal department, ethics and compliance, corporate communications, government investigations, and internal audit. Amy is also the President of Tyson Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in companies developing breakthrough technologies. Amy attended Wellesley College where she studied economics. After graduation, she spent a couple years on Wall Street where she cut her teeth in the corporate world. She moved back to her native Arkansas with the hope that she would work on President Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign. Amy then attended law school at the University of Arkansas.
Towards the end of her law school career, she applied for a torts job at Walmart. But instead of interviewing for that job, she got a call from Walmart’s General Counsel who was intrigued by her Wall Street experience and asked her what she really wanted to do, to which she answered “international law.” Amy spent a few years at Walmart but attributes many of her career and legal lessons to her time at Boeing where she spent 16 years making a name for herself, building up her own practice, and going through experiences that would prepare her for her current role at Tyson. My takeaway from Amy’s story is that you must ask for what you want and do everything you can to make your goals a reality. That’s exactly what Amy did when she moved abroad while working for Boeing but before they had any attorneys outside the United States. Amy was diligent to create a place for herself in their London office. This effort took many months, a lot of relationship development, and unwavering drive. It’s one of Amy’s proudest accomplishments but just one example of what it took to get to where she is.
Episode No. 60: Kate Dugan, Energizer, Associate General Counsel
Today I’m talking with Kate Dugan, Associate General Counsel at Energizer Holdings specializing in commercial law, marketing, and intellectual property. Kate started her legal career at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Missouri where she learned what it meant to be a litigator and got meaningful pro bono experience. From there, she moved to Chicago where she would spend the next 7 years at Greenberg Traurig. During that time, Kate developed valuable mentor relationships and got the type of experiences that would prepare her for her current role in-house. She’s been with Energizer Holdings for over 6 years now. During our discussion, Kate emphasized the importance of planning in order to become the type of lawyer you really want to be. She shared what she learned about herself is some of the more challenging points in her career and how assured she was that she had been trained and prepared for those moments. Kate was so fun to talk to, I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did.
Fantastic interviews and inspiring stories
I’ve been listening to Women in Law for a while now and I am so impressed by the consistently great content Allison puts out. The interviews are both interesting and inspiring and have really helped challenge me to dream big. Go now, subscribe!
Inspiring stories with a great host
I discovered this podcast a couple of months ago and am so glad I did. Allison is a great interviewer and does a great job of getting her guests-successful and interesting women attorneys -to open up and tell their stories in a very relatable way. Highly recommend!
Thank you, Allison Stewart.
Incredibly, in 2018, we have never before had a podcast highlighting women in the legal profession? Until now, of course. So if you have any interest in how people are drawn to, navigate in, struggle, and yet thrive, as lawyers, this podcast captures its essence from a variety of backgrounds and industries. So bravo to Ms. Stewart for not only helping her guests tell their stories, but, also, to her — for breaking new ground with this novel and noble effort.