Ida Abbott

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?

I help lawyers and firms harness the power of mentoring and sponsorship to guide, support, and transform professional careers. I also serve as a retirement consultant and coach, helping senior professionals design happy and purposeful retirements.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

Intellectual curiosity and challenge, plus the belief that law could be used to bring about positive change in the world.

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

How much longer!

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

Changes in the institutional structure and economic model of law firms, and placing more value on emotional, not just cognitive, intelligence.

Ida is President of Ida Abbott Consulting.