Joanne Gillespie Senior Attorney, Microsoft

Taylor Root is proud to be supporting International Women's Day 2018. We have interviewed a selection of our female clients asking them how they are pressing forward for women's gender parity #pressforprogress

Taylor Root interviewed, Joanne Gillespie Senior Attorney, Office Products Group (Skype Consumer), Microsoft

Joanne Gillespie

Past Progress

What action or decision are you most proud of making in your lifetime?
Taking the plunge and moving out of private practice to a small start-up. 11 years later and I’m still there – no longer small or a start-up.

If you had to start your career from scratch, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?
Nothing! If had had done things differently, I may not be where I am now. I prefer to live in the present moment rather than reflect on the past.

Present Progress

Of the people that inspire you, what character traits do they have which you admire?
Good listening skills, self-assurance, high energy.

If I were to ask people in your workplace for three adjectives that best describe you, what would they say?
Pragmatic, efficient, straightforward.

How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?
I’m fortunate enough to work for a company where there is never a dull day. The cutting-edge legal issues that I work on daily keep me motivated.

If you were to be a mentor to someone within your profession, what one piece of advice would you give?
Make the most of learning from your colleagues. Everyone is hired for a unique reason. At work you learn and grow the most through collaboration with others.

What is your personal mantra?
Wait a few minutes before replying to an email. The response will always turn out so much better if you pause and reflect before firing it off.

Future Progress

What would you say the top 3 skills are needed in order to be successful in your industry?
In-house lawyers need to be both lawyers and business partners. Success requires commercial acumen, quick thinking and a team player.