It’s our first episode and the Honorable Erika Orr helped us launch with a bang. Determining what you want and then asking for it is a key driver of personal success and greater social change. Erika’s insights as woman on a journey to becoming a judge – owning her own law firm, working in corporate, and tackling motherhood – prove this over and over.
- Hanging up her own shingle after the 2008 recession (8:40)
- Conflicts for women developing career and family in America (10:13)
- Asking for what you want (15:05)
- What Erika Orr wants to see changed in law (19:06)
“Part of [bridging the pay gap] is making sure women know they can make the ask, don’t be afraid to make the ask…. Even as a child I was empowered to speak my piece.”
“At some point [we’re going to have to] assess what our value system is around the working family…. There’s a cost factor to it but cost really is associated with whatever your value system is. It’s not an expensive proposition if certain things are important to you. We as a country are going to have to make a determination about what it is we want.”
“We need more people to dive deep and not be afraid to ask the questions of themselves.”
CONNECT WITH ERIKA ORR
Erika Orr is currently a full circuit Cook County judge where she is seated in the Domestic Violence Division. Prior to that, Erika was a solo practitioner and owner of the Orr Law Group, Ltd. in Chicago, where she specialized in domestic relations law.
Cook County Court, Judges Pages: http://www.cookcountycourt.org/Judges-Pages/Orr-Erika
- “Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms” ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
- “PF2.1. Parental leave systems” Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
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