“We are the rose, this is the concrete, and these are my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why. Thank God and ask me how.” — Tupac

Last week, I attebalancing stoolnded a diversity and inclusion event that featured Caren K. Lock, Regional Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Government Relations & Public Policy for TIAA-CREF. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Lock was General Counsel with a consumer financial company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Lock is currently the primary interface for her company on all legislative, executive, and regulatory matters in the southwest region. Lock is a frequent speaker on racial and gender diversity as well as community and political advocacy.

As the keynote speaker, Lock gave advice on how law school graduates can attain and maintain success in their lives and throughout their careers. As an Asian-American woman, Lock highlighted some of the critical experiences she has had and key decisions she has made throughout her career. She shared her life-balance philosophy, which she categorized into three major roles. Lock compared our ability to manage these roles to the balancing of a three-legged stool.

According to Lock, the three main roles we all play in life are… Continue Reading

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