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Julia Simon on leadership, learnings, and litigation

Accepting help and holding hope for the future

Julia Simon was raised to be confident, which helped her make bold career decisions. The chief legal officer and corporate secretary, chief diversity officer, and senior privacy officer at Mary Kay Inc. shares her experiences of transitioning between external and in-house practice, the benefits of stepping outside her comfort zone and being grateful to those who helped her grow.

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Leading a life that’s not based on standards set by others

In this episode, Julia discusses how she created a thriving career by getting outside her comfort zone and developing new skills. With a wide breadth of experience across legal, board, privacy, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Julia has remained true to her personal purpose and has grown into the role of leader and strategist.

How does she balance the demands of her professional life with the daily responsibilities of being a mother? She is never afraid to ask for help. She believes in the power of her village and never forgets her purpose.

People talk about representation and role models and those sorts of things. And there certainly is something to that because I think you sometimes can only dream as big as what you see or what you read or what you hear.

Transcript

Lori Lorenzo: Welcome to Resilient. I'm Lori Lorenzo, Deloitte's research and insights director for our chief legal officer program and co-host of the Resilient chief legal officer track. The Resilient podcast is focused on stories of leaders who share their work and life experiences and how those experiences have impacted their personal and professional purpose.

Today's episode is no different in this episode, Julia Simon, chief legal officer and corporate secretary, chief diversity officer and senior privacy officer at Mary Kay Inc. talks about how she built a successful career and a resilient mindset. Julia shares her experiences transitioning between external and in-house practice and how she's benefited from getting outside her comfort zone to develop new skills.

Julia Simon: "People talk about representation and role models and those sorts of things. And there certainly is something that to it because sometimes you can only dream as big as what you see, read or hear.”

Lori Lorenzo: I hope you enjoyed this preview. To listen to the full episode, go to your favorite podcast app and search “Resilient.” You can listen on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Spotify, or wherever you go to get your podcasts.

If you're curious about legal leadership and trends that are impacting today's in-house counsel, I encourage you to visit our Chief Legal Officer Program site on deloitte.com.

Until next time, stay safe and remain resilient.

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