Meet Michelle – a trailblazer in diversity and inclusion

Some people go to work and just put in their time.

It’s a job and nothing more.

Then you meet the rare person who enthusiastically shows up and actively changes cultures, missions, and communities through dedication and commitment to their work.

Michelle Wimes is one such trailblazer.

Her work at Ogletree Deakins, an AmLaw 100 firm, has been remarkable. Few could accomplish as much as she has in such a short amount of time.

But more impressive than that is her willingness to share and encourage others so that the entire legal industry can benefit.

I don’t want to give everything away, but Michelle has combined two core areas to make diversity programming the envy of all attorneys.

And isn’t that the point?

To provide such great support that others want in?

It reminds me of the W.O. Smith Music School here in Nashville, where I’m honored to serve on the Board of Directors.

The School provides first-class music instruction and instruments to children from low-income families. And the programming is so good that I get calls every year from friends (with great incomes) who want me to get their child in the school (which, of course, I don’t).

Because it’s not just about providing opportunities and support to those who might not otherwise receive it.

It’s about providing the best of the best because you believe so deeply in their talents.

If your firm’s diversity efforts feel a bit stagnant, this week’s Hustle & Flow episode is guaranteed to give you some fresh ideas.

You can listen to the episode here.

After you’ve listened to my interview with Michelle, I’d love to continue the conversation.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you’d like to see more firms doing in terms of diversity programming. And if you know of a trailblazer like Michelle, feel free to give them a shout out.

I’d love to hear other success stories and support those changing the future of the legal industry.

All my best,


Professional Bio

Heather Joy Hubbard is an attorney, speaker, author, and strategic coach. Through her personal and professional development company, she helps attorneys reduce stress, manage priorities, and build a book of business. Prior to her work helping professionals find more balance and success, Heather was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 firm. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, Mid-South SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Heather graduated  summa cum laude   from the University of Louisville and received her  juris doctorate  from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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