Although I often play the team role of “idea person,” I have learned that my contributions as an innovator are as deeply grounded in my disciplined, analytic approach as in my creativity. I look to qualitative and quantitative data to inform the innovation process at my law firm – identifying both opportunities and realizable, systemic solutions consistent with its culture and strategic plan. Our profession has always been comparatively resistant to change, and the dominant law firm business model both reflects and perpetuates this bias. While most large law firms may not be ready to embrace transformative structural change, the recent growth and moderate success of new, predominantly tech-driven business models has prompted some firms to prioritize the development of a culture of innovation and of measured, organic change. It is in this new space – often uncomfortable and unfamiliar, untested and unproven – that I have found my place, offering experience, perspective and the sorts of new ideas for people and processes that will fit firm culture and invite enthusiastic implementation. At Eversheds Sutherland, we rely on rigorous analysis of the data we gather about the firm’s professionals, practices and collaborative processes to guide us as we drive growth and systemic change to inspire maximum client loyalty and attract top talent. Hard, purposeful work allows our creativity to flourish. Contact Anusia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anusia Gillespie is the U.S. Director of Innovation at Global Top 20 law firm, Eversheds Sutherland. She brings to her work the wealth of experience gained in both the practice and business of law, and in developing business of law programs for lawyers from around the world at Harvard Law School Executive Education. Anusia earned her Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, Juris Doctor (JD) from Boston College Law School, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management. She was awarded a seat on BC Law’s academic law journal, the Uniform Commercial Code Reporter Digest, and inducted into the Beta Gamma Honors Society, recognizing honors in her graduate business studies.