Diversity and Inclusion Champions: Annapoorni “Anna” Sankaran
Litigation attorney Anna Sankaran interviewed with Texas Lawyer as part of the 2022 Texas Lawyer Awards, for which she received the Diversity and Inclusions Champions recognition. Ms. Sankaran shared her insight on what law firms should do to improve their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts. She explained that by supporting people in their passions, it creates a positive workplace, leading to greater retention. She believes that having people who are active in supporting the community exposes firms to a much larger community, including a more diverse applicant pool and access to talent that can help clients with creative and different solutions to problems. Ms. Sankaran answered the one piece of advice that she wished she had been given starting out.
"Especially for minorities, we spend a career trying to prove that we are as good as the 'majority' and do not take the time to focus on our own accomplishments and talents," she said. "Sometimes you have to be your own champion and pull yourself out of tough days or situations by knowing your worth and what you bring to the table. Be confident."