Celeste Koeleveld
  • Partner
  • Clifford Chance
United States of America
Celeste Koeleveld

Celeste Koeleveld

  • Partner
  • Clifford Chance
United States of America

I am most proud of the executive positions I achieved in federal, state and local government organisations. Those positions enabled me to guide those organisations’ legal operations in a way that I believe was fair and just, and that my colleagues and adversaries also perceived as fair and just.

The biggest trend I am following in data is what consequences regulators around the world will impose for data breaches and failures to have policies in place that treat data with adequate care. Many jurisdictions have recently enacted data privacy rules, and more jurisdictions are following suit; the next question is, how will those rules be enforced?

I would advise aspiring professionals in any field to find ways to make sure their voices are heard – connect with colleagues as much as possible and don’t be afraid to speak up in meetings. If you have a question about something being discussed, it’s a question worth asking, so add your voice to the conversation.

In my view, the gender pay gap is partially a function of how business connections are developed and maintained over time – the more women become part of that process and develop those connections, the more the gap will shrink.

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