Kelly Alcorn

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

No matter what our roles in life are, at the end of the day its all about people. Whether I’m helping my clients to navigate through a difficult issue, managing and mentoring staff, or growing little people at home – what I do every day can be summed up by how I interact with and impact on the people around me.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

I was fortunate in that I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer very early on. I was a debater at school, and in that I developed a fascination with the law and its application. I also saw embarking on a legal career as something very challenging and exciting.

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

  1. Acceptance
  2. Respect
  3. Innovation

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

The interesting thing about diversity is that once you achieve it within an organisation or a profession, it becomes self sustaining because its participants truly value and represent diversity.

So how do we as a profession reach that self sustaining position? There is plenty of research available now which shows that diversity brings with it innovation, better and more inclusive cultures and improved business outcomes. If the many positive attributes and outcomes of diversity were better understood by the profession, I believe that diversity would be embraced and ultimately achieved more quickly.

Kelly is a partner at Carter Newell.