Alena Shields

Regional Counsel

Stryker

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Her story

Alena, Regional Counsel – Australia/New Zealand at Stryker, is an accomplished leader and legal practitioner who has a passion for the medical technology sector.Known for being a keen analytical thinker who designs creative legal solutions to complex problems, Alena has established an impeccable reputation as a trusted advisor. Alena leads the delivery of expert legal advice across Stryker’s Australia and New Zealand business, wherein she drives innovation opportunities, advises and acts on major operational initiatives, grows strategic business partnerships and manages negotiation of strategic agreements.Alena is passionate about building high-performing teams who are empowered to drive results and deliver sustainable business growth, and provides coaching and mentoring opportunities to help legal practitioners build their capacity and grow their careers.

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now (whether at home, work, in the community, etc.)?

I support an AU and NZ arm of a global Healthcare business.

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

Equity, inclusion, harmony.

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

It will take clear and honest communication, facilitation of ongoing feedback and being aware of unconscious bias.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

For me it was a family tradition, one I was happy to go along with.

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