Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Ropes & Gray LLP
This month WALRAA is proud to feature Kia Scipio. Kia began working in DC after working in career services at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and has been a member of WALRAA since 2006. Her passion for her work, her colleagues, and D&I is an inspiration to many - and keeps her very busy! Take a look at how she came to DC, what motivates her, and more in her own words below.
1. How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?
I've been a member of WALRAA for a LONG time (since 2006). The thing that always keeps me engaged is the membership. I've met some of my closest friends and colleagues over the years through WALRAA and I am forever grateful for that.
2. How has WALRAA helped you in your field?
I've learned so much from my colleagues and peers. The best practices that others so willingly share have helped me become the professional that I am today. I only hope that I have been as much of help to others as WALRAA members have been to me.
3. How did you first learn about and get started in Attorney Recruiting/Career Services?
When I was working for DC City Council, my first career services job popped up and I applied. I always wanted to get into career services because my experience with the CDO when I was in law school wasn't the best. I wanted to be a source of support to law students that I felt was severely lacking when I was in their shoes. I took that job at the University of Baltimore School of Law and I've never looked back!
4. What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
Oh, there have been so many great moments! But, maybe some of the best are seeing former students that I counseled and advised move on to fantastic opportunities that far surpassed anything that they imagined while in law school. I like to think that maybe I had just a little something to do with that. And, getting messages from people, thanking me for all that I've done to help them find their way, always makes me cry.
5. What is it that challenges you most in your job?
There's not enough time to do all of the things that I want to do.
6. How do you balance your career and personal life?
I'm still trying to figure that out. But, having family and friends that I LOVE spending time with MAKES me take the time that I need to recharge and decompress.
7. What professional goals have you set for yourself this year?
Not to lose my hair. It's already super short, and I'm not going for the bald look. No, it's to be able to launch some exciting initiatives that will firmly cement D&I onto all of the systems and processes at my firm.
8. What is the best professional advice you have received?
Take chances--you never know where they might take you!
9. What do you like to do for fun?
Now, I LOVE to sleep! But, I'm a Pure Barre addict and I've also gotten VERY FAMILIAR with Netflix.
10. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know?
Despite appearing to be extremely extroverted, I'm actually kind of shy. But, once I connect with someone/people, it's off to the races!