Not all professional associations are created equal but one thing is universal. For the most part, you get out of them what you put into them. Joel Stern has spent his career as in-house counsel for an insurance company but left to become the CEO of Namwolf, a professional association for women and minority lawyers.
For the majority of his childhood, Joel thought he’d become a physician, but it wasn’t to be so. Instead, he decided to focus on a career in law and found the perfect position right out of law school. But he wasn’t making the impact he knew he was meant to make.
So when the opportunity to create and head Namwolf came along, he jumped on it. He knew that this was his chance to change the lives of so many people. He has spent the last several years building the Namwolf network and helping those in the association to realize their dreams of owning their own practices and building their legal careers.
Listen as we chat about the role of professional associations, how you can get more out of yours, and what it will take for male-dominated professions to truly become more diverse and inclusive. Joel has so much to say and share on this topic and you won’t want to miss it.
- [01:35] Today we’re talking all about empowering women through professional memberships.
- [02:51] Learn about Joel’s history and why he chose to become a lawyer.
- [03:43] Why did he decide to pivot from in-house counsel to becoming a CEO of a non-profit?
- [04:48] How does Namwolf contribute to the world?
- [06:01] Do the women in Namwolf invest as much time as he is doing in the association?
- [07:05] Why is it important for women to help lift up other women?
- [08:59] What kinds of challenges are women facing in law today?
- [12:49] How can male-dominated professions begin to become more diverse and inclusive?
- [14:45] When is the right time to become a mentor?
- [16:47] Has Covid affected Namwolf?
- [19:14] How does he manage everything between Namwolf and his family?
- [21:35] Hear Joel’s parting advice.
- [23:12] Connect with Joel.
Links and Resources:
Joel on LinkedIn
Joel on Twitter
Watch the interview here.