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Leading Light Series: International Women’s Day 2024 | Spotlight on Pearce IP’s Julie Ballance – Special Counsel (NZ)

by | Mar 14, 2024

As a Women Owned and led boutique IP firm, where pay parity is a given, Pearce IP celebrates International Women’s Day and the diversity, equity and inclusion of which we are proud.  With more than 70% female leaders, menstrual and menopause leave, fertility leave, miscarriage and loss leave, more than 20% part-timers, and a “work from anywhere” business model, there is much to celebrate with diversity at Pearce IP.

We take a moment now to shine the spotlight on some of our incredible female leaders in our Leading Lights series. These trailblazing women are not just leading the way in their fields, they are redefining what it means to be a leader in today’s world.

Happy International Women’s Day 2024!

Julie Ballance – Special Counsel (NZ), Patent Attorney, Lawyer & Notary

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the opportunities open to women today, but also to note how much there is still to achieve.  My mother desperately wanted to have a career, but she did not have the opportunity.  I compare my mother’s situation as a young woman with that of my daughter – they are worlds apart, thankfully!

As a successful woman in your chosen field, what or who drove you to be successful?

I was largely driven by my own desire to do a good job for clients, and to learn as much as I could about the profession of the patent attorney.  When I joined the profession back in 1985, there was only one female partner in the firm I joined.  At the time, I thought she was a real pioneer in what was then a very male-dominated world.

What’s the best piece of advice you can give to young women who are looking to you for leadership?

“Stay strong.”  Things don’t always go to plan, and life can present many hurdles.

How do you ensure that you are a role model for women in the workplace?

By working hard and taking on whatever task is in front of me with enthusiasm.  Also, by trying to ensure everyone I deal with is treated with dignity and respect, no matter what part they play.

Why is diversity, equity and inclusion important to you?

We are all human and we all deserve to achieve the best we can.  Those of us in positions of responsibility need to provide opportunities to others wherever we can. Being mindful of diversity, equity and inclusion can help us make the world a better place for everyone.

Read more about Diversity at Pearce IP

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