Kristen Podagiel

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

I oversee the operations of a large law firm – a role in which I am growing as a person and a leader every day – whilst juggling bringing up two bundles of (mostly) joy aged 2 and 5.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

I loved problem solving and wanted to do something intellectually challenging that involved working with people – and I didn’t like the sight of blood (which ruled out medicine). The legal industry has met all of those criteria and more!

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

Better decision making.

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

We must get over our fear of failure or needing to know it all and actively seek out different points of view and ways of doing things – old ways won’t open new doors.