International Women's Day 2021

Feature 4: Anna Beeler, PHR, SHRM-CP, Bonnie Robinson,

and Ricketta Pointer, MBA

March 12, 2021

In our fourth installment of the International Women's Day series, you will meet three incredible women who have dedicated themselves to their roles within the legal services field. One has seventeen years of service at IMS, and counting, one is well on her way to earning a doctorate, and one is a seasoned, credentialed human resources professional. Anna Beeler, Bonne Robinson, and Ricketta Pointer exemplify IMS's core value of Quality & Excellence.

Anna Beeler, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Senior Director

Q: Why did you choose a career in the legal services industry?

A: I have always loved and been fascinated by the law. Working within the legal industry as an HR professional involves a perfect mix of psychology, business, and law, and I've found this career to be very rewarding.

Q: Of the many women throughout history who broke down gender stereotypes who do you admire most and why?

A: There are many names that come to mind, like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Malala Yousafzai, and Astrid Lindgren, and of course, my mom, Kerstin Thulin. All of those women worked to change laws, influenced policies, and broke down boundaries to inspire generations of children. They rejected gender stereotypes and showed us how to believe in ourselves and that it is possible to do whatever we want.

Q: What advice would you give to women who are working or interested in working in your field?

A: I would give the same advice to all women in all industries—be yourself. You are amazing just as you are and your voice is powerful.

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Bonnie Robinson

Client Manager

Q: Why did you choose a career in the legal services industry?

A: I've always gravitated towards the legal industry in my career journey. I enjoy a good argument from both sides. At one time, I aspired to be an attorney, but I found out that extensive reading puts me to sleep. So I’ve always been very impressed with attorneys who have that skill mastered.

Q: What are some challenges you experienced as a woman in your field?

A: The challenges of being a woman in any industry are brought about by those people who hold mistaken ideas that women are less intelligent, less uncompromising, or more emotional than men. We prove them wrong. No matter the industry, to be successful, it takes the right education and the right attitude. Like the song lyrics say, "Turn around and help the one in line behind you." Both men and women—we all need help from time to time.

Q: What advice would you give to women who are working or interested in working in your field?

A: My advice would be to know your strengths and weaknesses. And don't be afraid to stretch yourself and try to achieve what you think is beyond your capabilities. It's been said that women have to work harder to prove themselves. Perhaps we do, but working hard is the key to success for everyone. Get up early and frontload every task. I truly believe that if you work hard - or harder - then you will be rewarded with a peace of mind and accomplishments that no one can take away from you.

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Ricketta Pointer, MBA

Director of Revenue Operations

Q: Why did you choose a career in the legal services industry?

A: I would almost like to say the legal services industry chose me. Before entering this field, I worked mostly in the construction, real estate, and education fields. Upon moving to a new state, Florida, I was uncertain about my career path. Walking into IMS was the best decision I made, and I’ve now spent almost eight years here. The company embraced me, educated me, and provided me with the freedom to make the job my own. I have always been interested in law, but primarily criminal law. Until coming to IMS, I didn’t realize that civil litigation is so intriguing. Due to the education I received at IMS, I feel well equipped to discuss our legal services and their significance within the litigation industry as a whole.

Q: As a woman in the legal services industry, what are some experiences you’ve had on the job that made you feel empowered?

A: My most rewarding experiences have been both mentoring young people and leading a group of seasoned professionals. At my job, gender is not a limit to options. IMS embraces culture and diversity, and in fact, has embraced my role as a mother. Being a mom is an asset because the parenting skills I’ve acquired make me better able to understand and interact with the various types of people within my team. I feel grateful that at IMS my voice is always heard and that the company has paved the way for me to grow and develop within the legal services industry.

Q: What advice would you give to women who are working or interested in working in your field?

A: My advice would be, ‘Don't limit yourself to what you think you know or what you perceive you don't know.’ With all of the resources and tools available to us, women are empowered to use their voices and apply their skills to achieve their goals. Be open-minded to the unlimited possibilities before you and never be afraid to learn from other women, as well as men. Be humble and step out of your comfort zone so you can go on to learn more.

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