Deborah Quinn: President, DMQ Partners
#BakersDozen is a series of interviews with leading professionals in the fields of law, consulting, finance, tech, and more.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be in the legal business?
I have over 20 years of experience as a talent acquisition professional. My passion is helping my clients advance women and minorities in their organizations.
What do you do for a living right now?
I am President of a global Talent acquisition consulting firm. We specialize in identifying women and people of color for our clients.
Do you think the legal industry is headed in the right direction, the wrong direction – or which direction?
The legal industry is finally recognizing the need to diversify their workforce to mirror the general population. This is definitely moving in the right direction.
Partners at the top law firms and heads of legal departments in organizations are putting a great amount of time and effort to resolve the issues that face them in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.
You’re known for innovation and have been an inspiration to many. Who inspires you – and why?
I am inspired by the Diversity leaders who are helping to move the needle on diversity forward. They are an unassuming but powerful force in changing the workplace landscape .
What advice would you give to the younger generation contemplating law as a career?
I would tell them to never back away from their beliefs, take chances even if they are not popular and hold on to their values.
In ten years, do you see an industry much as it is – or do you see new players, new technology and an altered state?
I have great hopes that we will see a more diverse work force not only in law firms but in the legal field.
Are consultants and lawyers looking increasingly similar? Should the distinction continue?
Very much so. They both need the same skill set including understanding the clients needs, analyzing the problem and defining a strategy to find a solution.
Do you think law can improve its track record on diversity and inclusion? How?
Yes, the Partners at the top law firms and heads of legal departments in organizations are putting a great amount of time and effort to resolve the issues that face them in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. A great deal of energy is being focused on changing the culture and mindset of those who are responsible for hiring. Identifying and including top diverse talent and training them will be crucial in making real changes.
Deborah Quinn is President of DMQ Partners, a talent management consulting firm. Ms. Quinn’s diverse experience includes work in financial services, consulting and insurance both in the U.S and International markets. She successfully staffs new operations globally. Ms. Quinn places senior professionals with her clients in the U.S., Asia, South America and Europe. During her career she consistently proves her ability to quickly understand her client’s goals, objectives, and immediate talent requirements. Her favorite quote is, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible” – Francis of Assisi