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Divya Potdar, Esq.

Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021

Divya Potdar, Esq.

By Daily Record Staff

//May 14, 2021

Divya Potdar, Esq.potdar-divya

Diva Law LLC

What about your leadership style has helped grow your career and how have you had to change your leadership role/style during the past year?

I am a female, minority, immigrant business owner. My leadership style is leading by example. I think it is tougher for women, as business owners and as employers. I tend to be in the trenches with my staff. I come into the office early and am usually the last one out the door every day. I dress professionally because I expect that out of my staff. I work hard and no job is too small for me. I like to let my staff and clients know that I am there by their side. I think a leader has to be approachable, gracious, and inclusive, as opposed to shouting down commands from an ivory tower.

The past year has not only been challenging with COVID, but we have also faced race and discrimination challenges and realities as a state and a country. How do you establish a strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion in your organization and how do you use your influential voice to help others understand the importance?

Society is not going to fix gender and racial inequality for us. We have to do it ourselves. We have to support each other through mentorship and sponsorship. We should strive to get more women, minorities and immigrants in leadership positions and in positions that have the power to make change. Those positions can be in local nonprofits, bar associations, law firms, or in government.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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