Change Makers is a global Thomson Reuters initiative that brings together industry leaders committed to improving diversity in the legal profession. And we want your commitment too! Hosting this podcast series is Catherine Roberts, a Global Strategic Client Director with Thomson Reuters Legal.
In this podcast episode, Elevating Gender Diversity in Legal Leadership, Catherine tackles the issue of improving gender diversity in the leadership ranks of the law. She interviews two successful female Change Makers who are legal leaders and join the podcast to bring their perspectives on women lawyers rising up through the leadership ranks.
Our first guest is Larissa Andelman, President of the New South Wales Women Lawyers Association and a practising barrister. Larissa was called to the NSW Bar in 2006 and has expertise in all aspects of industrial and employment law, and she is also a contributing author to Thomson Reuters’ legal services, including Practical Law. Larissa is actively involved in a number of initiatives promoting the participation of women in employment – and in the law more specifically.
And also joining the program is Jackie Rhodes, Thomson Reuters’ Head of Legal Professionals in Asia & Emerging Markets.
Jackie obtained her law degree and MBA in the UK and practised as a lawyer early in her career. Her career has spanned many global geographies including most as Managing Director for the TR business for Australia and NZ for the past 8 years. Jackie’s current regional role has her now based in Singapore, with a remit that encompasses leading the legal business across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Russia and Africa.
Jackie has been with the company since 1995, and during that time has driven major cultural and organisational transformation across our business. Jackie is an Executive Sponsor of the Thomson Reuters Women@Work group and has previously had the sometimes challenging role of being Catherine’s own career mentor!