Shearman & Sterling has launched a new podcast called Barrier Blasters, a series dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the communities in which we live and work. The podcast will feature conversations with individuals and industry leaders who have challenged the status quo, broken through barriers, and in doing so, have created opportunities for others.
February 2, 2021
Part two of our latest Barrier Blasters episode is a continuation of the first part of the mentorship and sponsorship panel discussion during the firm’s Global Inclusion Network Conference. Featuring senior associate Jonathan Toffolo and partners Paula Anderson, Kieran Kieckhefer, Derrick Lott, and Gillian Emmett Moldowan, the conversation touches on establishing mentorship and sponsorship relationships as well as ways to cultivate them.
Listen to Barrier Blasters, Episode 5 with partners Paula Anderson, Kieran Kieckhefer, Derrick Lott, and Gillian Emmett Moldowan (part 2 of 2).
January 20, 2021
Our latest two-part Barrier Blasters series was recently recorded during Shearman & Sterling’s Global Inclusion Network Conference in which a number of the firm’s partners met to discuss how mentorship and sponsorship have helped them in their career growth. The participants also share helpful career advice and insightful tips on how to seek and cultivate these types of relationships within a law firm. The segment opens up with an introduction from the firm’s Chief Diversity & Talent Strategy Officer Sandra Bang and is then moderated by senior associate Jonathan Toffolo with partners Paula Anderson, Kieran Kieckhefer, Derrick Lott, and Gillian Emmett Moldowan who sat in as the panelists.
Listen to Barrier Blasters, Episode 4 with partners Paula Anderson, Kieran Kieckhefer, Derrick Lott, and Gillian Moldowan (part 1 of 2).
March 31, 2020
While the celebration of Women’s History Month has understandably taken a back seat this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, partner Paula Anderson (New York-Litigation) had a chance to sit down with LaTanya Langley, Vice President & General Counsel, BIC®, to learn about her career journey as a professional who is both female and a person of color. LaTanya discusses her path to leadership, practical advice for up-and-coming leaders, as well as tips for staying mentally healthy during this unprecedented time.
Listen to Barrier Blasters, Episode 3, with LaTanya Langley, Vice President & General Counsel, BIC®.
August 30, 2019
In celebration of Women’s Equality Day, our second episode features a conversation with two pioneering women who helped effect change around women’s equality in the U.S. during the second-wave feminist movement – Joanne Edgar and Gloria Jacobs. Joanne and Gloria discuss the various ways in which they stood up for women’s rights during their tenure at Ms. magazine and the progress our country has seen over the decades, as well as opportunities for a more equitable future.
Listen to Barrier Blasters, Episode 2, with former Executive Editor and Founding Member of Ms. magazine, Gloria Jacobs and Joanne Edgar.
July 2, 2019
Our inaugural episode features Sandra Bang, the firm’s Chief Diversity and Talent Strategy Officer, and Rebecca Lobo, a former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist. In this funny and eye-opening conversation, Rebecca shares anecdotes about how her coach challenged and inspired her to press forward early in her career and how her mother served as a role model when it came to “blasting barriers.”
Listen to Barrier Blasters, Episode 1, with former WNBA star Rebecca Lobo.