47. Alexis Robertson talks growing-up in the Milwaukee area, attending law school, diversity & inclusion, and professional alignment
The Path & The Practice
This episode features a conversation with Alexis Robertson. Alexis is usually the host of The Path & The Practice, but the tables have turned! In this episode, Alexis is the guest. She’s joined by Foley partner, Larry Perlman, to discuss her path to Foley and her role as Director of Diversity & Inclusion. In the discussion, Alexis shares her experience growing up in the northern suburbs of Milwaukee and her decision to attend the American University and the University of Michigan Law School. She reflects on the years she spent practicing law as a commercial litigator and labor and employment attorney. She also discusses her decision to leave legal practice for a role as a legal recruiter, and subsequently as a diversity and inclusion professional. Finally, Alexis shares insights on the importance of curiosity and alignment in reaching professional fulfillment and satisfaction.
S1E7: Alexis Robertson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion + Whole30 Coach
Charlotte Smith, Lawyer Coach and Alexis Robertson discuss: The journey from lawyer to D&I Director at international law firms. Finding your purpose & discovering your career path. Why life is a marathon not a sprint. Becoming a Whole30 coach and how the foundations of high performance begin with health and nutrition. Navigating conversations around pay increases/ promotions during the current economic climate. Recognizing the stories we tell ourselves. The importance of effective communication and being aware of different communication styles. Tips to being visible during remote working + importance of personal branding. This is a podcast episode not to be missed. Recorded in April 2020
Alexis Robertson talks leaving litigation to run diversity and inclusion programs in Big Law, and what really needs to happen to achieve progress
The Lawyer's Escape Pod
Alexis Robertson is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Foley & Lardner LLP where she provides firm-wide strategic direction and oversight on all diversity and inclusion related matters. Alexis talks to us about her journey out of litigation to recruiting, and ultimately to diversity and inclusion work. We speak about the structural racism within our industry and the challenges law firms face in making meaningful progress on diversity and inclusion with respect not only to recruiting, but work allocation, mentorship, and professional development. Ultimately, Alexis tells us that the work begins at the individual level and challenges us to all do the hard, introspective work of examining our roles in perpetuating discrimination. Only then can we really effect the widespread changes needed in our firms, industry, and communities. We discuss: Try to identify your “through-line”, the thing that seems to pull you to your next step If you make a step, and realize it’s still not a fit, just keep moving; it’s not a sign of failure The pillars of diversity and inclusion (D&I) are recruiting, retention, and promotion “Best practices” is a tricky term because is can sometimes just mean “minimum baseline requirement” D&I can’t be treated as a separate office; to be effective, its principles have to be at the core of every decision made This moment in history could be an opportunity to push firms to incorporate these policies/practices more pervasively Law firms fall on a spectrum of how deep this work goes; how committed they are to changing not only statistics, but their internal culture The practice of only hiring from the top law schools has the effect of eliminating a pipeline of strong candidates (many of whom are minorities) who have selected other law schools for financial, family, or other reasons Firms are risk averse and not inclined towards early adoption; but someone has to start changing this limited hiring system Addressing affinity bias in work allocation, promotion, mentoring is key We each have to do real self reflection on our own implicit bias: who we interact with, what our hard-wired reactions are to people, etc. Get uncomfortable The challenge is to keep engaged with this work even though we don’t “have to” We, as lawyers, need to put our money where I mouth is with our commitment to justice Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelawyersescapepod/ Website: www.thelawyersescapepod.com
Ep 15: A Conversation On A Career Centered In Self - How Alexis Robertson Made the Pivot From Practicing Attorney to Legal D&I Leader by Looking Inward and Following The Thread
Black Women Talk Work
Today’s episode features Alexis Robertson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at law firm, Foley & Lardner. After about a decade as a practicing attorney, a candid conversation with a career coach and some self reflection, Alexis embraced the fact that being a litigator was not fulfilling to her. This realization sparked her journey to legal recruiter and eventually D&I leader. Listen as we discuss how she made the career pivot, some of the unique D&I challenges of the legal field, and how a little self awareness, self care and self love will land you right where you need to be.
What diversity & self care has to do with professional health with Alexis Robertson
Fit to Practice with Angela Han
Diversity is a word that we throw out there a lot but not something we really delve into. Luckily, there has been a big rise in diversity initiatives, and with that, positions like Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers. This week I chat with Alexis Robertson, diversity and inclusion officer at Baker & McKenzie, and I ask her some of the hard questions about the real challenges in diversity and how we really combat diversity, and more importantly, how that completely changes the health of not only the attorney but the legal industry. We also chat a little bit about juggling work and life, especially as a mother, because if you didn’t know already, I am right in the middle of my second trimester by the time this episode comes out. I think this conversation is not just for female attorneys; it’s for all attorneys who are juggling a million things at once. Because pregnancy is just one of many examples of what life throws at us on top of being attorneys and trying to be stellar attorneys for our clients. We get real about all things professional, mental, and physical health in this episode. Hope you enjoy.
#111| One Optimization with Alexis Robertson Part 1
The Danny Cola Podcast
Alexis is a great friend who is always thinking about physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual optimization. We talk about the balance of moving, eating, thinking, drinking, sleeping, and breathing and how it might help us understand the nature of reality.@alexis_robertson on IG
RL 108: Alexis Robertson — Being Mindful of the Macro and Using Meditation to Combat the Reactive Mind
The Resilient Lawyer with Jeena Cho
In this episode, I am excited to have Alexis Robertson on to talk about the balance of self-care: remaining dutiful to responsibilities without martyring yourself for your work. Alexis is a lawyer turned Diversity and Inclusion professional. She attended the University of Michigan law school and practiced for 7 ½ years at Kirkland & Ellis and Seyfarth Shaw, before leaving practice to become a legal recruiter and subsequently a Diversity and Inclusion professional at Baker & McKenzie. Outside of work, if Alexis isn't listening to a podcast or wrangling her two sons, she can probably be found at her local pilates studio. Topics Covered How big firm lawyers are like pro-athletes and as such, we have to focus on our personal health to perform at our peak. The benefits of receiving formal instruction in meditation (versus self-guided), and the importance of finding a way to meditate that is right for you. The role of meditation/self-care when you have children, and how it helps with combating the knee-jerk reactive mind in stressful situations. Why meditation/mindset is just as important as physical fitness and nutrition. Questions? Comments? Email Jeena! firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with Jeena on Twitter: @Jeena_Cho For more information, visit: jeenacho.com Order The Anxious Lawyer book — Available in hardcover, Kindle and Audible Find Your Ease: Retreat for Lawyers I’m creating a retreat that will provide a perfect gift of relaxation and rejuvenation with an intimate group of lawyers. Interested? Please complete this form: https://jeena3.typeform.com/to/VXfIXq Free Webinar Learn to relax the mind, worry less, and decrease stress. https://jeenacho.com/podcastwebinar/ MINDFUL PAUSE: Bite-Sized Practices for Cultivating More Joy and Focus 31-day program. Spend just 6 minutes every day to practice mindfulness and meditation. Decrease stress/anxiety, increase focus and concentration. Interested? http://jeenacho.com/mindful-pause/ Thanks for joining us on The Resilient Lawyer podcast. If you’ve enjoyed the show, please tell a friend. It’s really the best way to grow the show. To leave us a review on iTunes, search for The Resilient Lawyer and give us your honest feedback. It goes a long way to help with our visibility when you do that so we really appreciate it. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you next week.