International Women's Day 2021

Feature 7: Michelle Diago, Mary Pittman, and Lynda Slatton

March 24, 2021

So many exceptional women work at IMS, and we are pleased to continue to celebrate them throughout the month of March in honor of International Women's Day 2021. Today we introduce three woman who are dedicated to ensuring our clients receive the very best legal services. Michelle, who has been with IMS for over 23 years, makes certain the most skilled people are on board to serve clients, Lynda manages the team that perfectly matches expert witnesses to attorneys, and Mary is everyone’s go-to person when they seek to enhance their information processes. Michelle Diago, Mary Pittman, and Lynda Slatton are leaders within IMS and they consistently demonstrate our core value to “lead by influence, not authority.”

Michelle Diago

Senior Director of Acquisitions & Integration

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

A: As a woman in the legal industry, especially 20 years ago, women were easily mistaken as the assistant, secretary, etc. I learned to walk into conference rooms, shake hands firmly, and let clients know who I was and how I was going to help them. Thankfully, I was surrounded by colleagues who supported me by making my role clear to the clients.

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

A: My first and only female boss taught me early on to embrace being a woman. Wear the skirts and heels and show the business world that a woman has a lot to offer. Never, ever, try to act like a man. There are plenty of men in the business world.

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

A: The legal industry is full of brilliant people who are genuinely interested in bringing more women on board. You just need to be willing to share your aspirations with them.

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Mary Pittman

Process Improvement Leader

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

A: After careers in the US Army and the field of higher education, I was ready for something new. I came across a job posting for an engagement manager at IMS. After researching the company, I was impressed and told myself, “Go after this!” I applied, was interviewed, and am very pleased to be working at IMS.

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

A: I have largely worked in male-dominated fields, and occasionally, those jobs have presented me with challenges. As a sports official, for instance, I was once the only female on a tackle football officiating crew. Since the expectation was that only males would serve that role, there was no dressing room for me, leaving me to use the janitor’s closet. I do think microaggressions, which can take the form of either disparaging comments or actions and can be related to age, gender, race, and even skill level, can take a toll on people. It’s important that we bring to light and challenge microaggressions so that positive changes result.

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: I always feel empowered when I am given the freedom to initiate and create projects. I also feel empowered when the people around me are not afraid to engage in difficult conversations, so that ultimately positive changes result. Whenever a group of people of different genders, ages, and professional roles come together to learn from and inspire one another, it’s empowering for all of us.

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Lynda Slatton

Project Services Manager

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

A: Being a woman in the professional world has always been a challenge. You focus on mastering the position you hold in order to ultimately gain other’s respect and trust.

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

A: I have the utmost admiration for my mom. She always amazed me when I was growing up because she was a single parent who worked multiple jobs in order to raise my sisters and me. She has always been my hero and I hope to influence others as she did throughout both her career and retirement.

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

A: When you apply yourself to overcoming challenges, you will.

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