Women’s History Month Feature: Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Chicago Bar Association interviewed several all-stars from our March 6th Working Women’s Legal Summit about the issues facing women in the legal profession today and some secrets to their success.  We will close out the month with a series of posts featuring these interviews.

Below is our featured interview with Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz, Senior Advisor of Governance and Inclusion at BMO Harris Bank.

Q: What is the most pressing issue facing women in the law today?

A: The most pressing issue is the lack of women in decision-making positions of power with a seat at the table who can impact change whether it is for pay equity, equal representation, or anything else.

Q: What is one thing a mentor has helped you learn in the course of your career that you would like to pass on to other women as they navigate the legal profession?

A: A career setback whether it is a matter of weeks, months, or even a year is a mere drop in the bucket over the span of your entire career, do not let it define you!

Q: What is one thing you do to achieve a sense of balance between your professional and personal life?

A: I have a cutoff time for work email nights and weekends so I can be present with my daughter. It has saved my sanity the last few years.



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