Diversity Journal Profiles Akin Gump Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Michele Meyer-Shipp

As part of its Women Worth Watching series, Profiles in Diversity Journal interviewed Akin Gump’s chief diversity and inclusion officer Michele Meyer-Shipp for a Q&A titled “Paying It Forward Every Day.”

Among the topics covered:

  • Becoming a leader: “There are three key things that I’ve done that have helped me grow into the leader I am today. The first key is working hard at my craft…The second key is building relationships and learning how to connect with people…The third key is taking calculated risks…My risk-taking helped me gain confidence and get noticed as a leader.”
  • Greatest professional accomplishment: “I think it is that I have been able to help organizations drive organization-wide change. I’ve realized over the years that I’m pretty much a change agent— helping organizations address problems or seize opportunities.”
  • The value of diversity and inclusion: “As a woman of color, diversity and inclusion is something I live with and experience every day...The subject is real to me because it’s part of my everyday life. I have learned that when you appreciate and value differences among people, you have better relationships, you learn more about others, and life becomes more interesting—richer.”
  • Akin Gump and diversity: “Although I’ve only been with Akin Gump for a short time, I can tell you that I’m very impressed. It is one of the few global law firms with a woman chairperson. She and firm leadership are personally committed to diversity and inclusion. Akin Gump has made a concerted and proactive effort to diversify the workforce and attract diverse talent by partnering with law schools and other external organizations.”

Michele Meyer-Shipp joined Akin Gump in October 2017. Learn more about her and her arrival at the firm here.

To read the full Q&A, please click here.