Katie Larkin-Wong is an Associate General Counsel in the Competition and Regulatory Team for Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Reality Labs.
Before joining Meta, Katie spent nearly a decade at Latham & Watkins. She has also held internships at The State of Illinois – Department of Child and Family Services and the US District Court, where she provided support for various legal cases.
Throughout her entire career, Katie has been a champion for diversity and inclusion. She was on the board of directors at Ms. JD, was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, and was on the board and Chair of Women’s Recruitment for The Associates Committee. Katie is now a voice for many underrepresented lawyers, promoting the advancement of women and minorities in the legal industry.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- Katie Larkin-Wong discusses why she switched from private practice to an in-house role at Meta
- How Katie launched into women’s development organizations and brought that knowledge back to her firm
- What are organizations and associations doing to drive change?
- The cruciality of listening to the people you’re trying to serve
- Katie’s tips for young lawyers: find something that fulfills you and seek out the influencers
- How to approach challenges and recognize blind spots within your firm
- Getting everyone involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
- Katie’s reminder to all lawyers — you don’t have to solve the whole issue all at once
In this episode…
Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts have been a growing topic as people realize the urgency for change. So how can you play an active role in this change and help the legal industry develop?
Katie Larkin-Wong, who has been working diligently to promote the advancement of minority groups in the legal space, knows precisely how you can move the needle. Whether you’re a senior partner, a young lawyer, or anyone in between, Katie says listening to the community and hearing their needs is vital to drive change. The systemic issues may be significant, but as long as you focus on small steps, you’ll make an impact and help push the industry forward.
On this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge Podcast, Elise Holtzman converses with Katie Larkin-Wong, Associate General Counsel in the Competition and Regulatory Team for Meta. Together, they talk about tips for promoting the advancement of women — and other minorities — in law. Katie emphasizes the importance of building a strong community, creating space for underrepresented voices, and issuing an invitation to get a range of people involved in change.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Elise Holtzman on LinkedIn
- The Lawyer’s Edge
- Katie Larkin-Wong on LinkedIn
- Ms. JD
- The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)
- IILP’s Social Impact Incubator
- Pat Gillette on The Lawyer’s Edge Podcast
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