As attorneys and professionals, we don’t ask enough questions. It is crucial that we nurture ethics conversation and help each other stay on course in our practices and organizations. As a once prominent Columbia law school lawyer, Rashmi Airan is fighting to create a culture of conversation to shift the paradigm of ethics standards. As a corporate speaker, Rashmi shares wisdom from personal and professional ethical choices and teaches why it is so critical to be open, ask questions, and make good, deliberate ethical choices.
Good people make bad decisions. Most people travel down a road of bad decisions unknowingly at first, but soon walk a set path from which they decide they cannot return or do not want to return for fear of losing money, a client, their reputation, or more. Rashmi shares that the question of ethics is one that must be ingrained in our minds daily lest we find ourselves down a road of trouble. Learn from Rashmi as she shares lessons learned from her experience making bad decisions as a prominent attorney.
As immigrants in United States, we face internal and external pressures to succeed for our families and ourselves. As a first generation woman from India, Rashmi knows all too well the cultural, familial, and self-induced pressures inherent for individuals from an immigrant background. The drive to achieve the American dream led Rashmi to seek perfection to please her family and friends but it blinded her from making good ethical choices and kept her from asking for help. As a corporate speaker, Rashmi shares her personal story to inspire hope and to teach you how to make exceptional ethical choices despite our cultural barriers.
Our children are our legacy and our future. As parents, raising our children is our most valuable and significant role. Faced with separation from her two children for six months in prison, Rashmi honored her children with truth every step of the way in an effort to teach them lessons learned. Rashmi encouraged her children to be their best, without pressuring them on the need to fit into society’s notion of success. Learn how Rashmi continues to inspire mothers and fathers to broaden their parenting approach so that our next generation learns that it’s the relationships in our lives that bring true joy.
Our corporate cultures are designed to condone perfection with a perception that strength comes from knowing all the answers. Rashmi shares that this is not the case. We must ask questions and show our true colors. Rashmi was raised to be tough, strong, and independent with a belief that she could never ask for help or fail, for fear of being weak. In spite of extreme difficulties in life, Rashmi teaches that our true strength emerges when we openly live in vulnerability and shame.
Our lives are made up of moments of sidesteps, diagonal lines, downward spirals, and upward rocket launches. We will surely get thrown off our set path and get knocked down. During these times, our strength, tenacity, and willpower are learned and matured. Rashmi shares her downward spiral experience of losing her business and going to prison. Join Rashmi as she teaches you how to overcome downward spirals in life and fly high again.
We are taught that success is perfectionism and receiving accolades and status is the pinnacle of that perfection. But at what cost? As students, we cheat on tests to get higher grades; as professionals, we skirt laws to make more money. Our world continues to emerge without asking questions or reviewing the ethics of decisions made. Rashmi is on a mission to promote a culture of conversation around ethics and compliance starting at home, in academia, in our places of work, and in our communities. Ethics must permeate ALL aspects of our lives and it starts with conversation.
Above me was a prostitute heroin addict, to the left of me was a homeless woman, and above her was a 24 year old meth dealer. Never before in my life had I been exposed to women who had experienced so much. I ate, slept, worked out with, watched movies, cooked, and lived with these women for six months. I was honored to learn from and humbled to get to know these women. As a corporate speaker, Rashmi shares that not passing judgment on others, no matter their circumstances, is vital for the next generation of leaders.
We all make bad decisions and do not always recognize our wrongs immediately; it could take days, months, or even years. Once our errors are put into light, it is vital that we own them and take responsibility for our actions – no matter what the consequences will be. Rashmi committed a crime and faced a prison sentence, lost her business, and wasn’t able to take care of her children. Learn how transparency in your life can give you strength to move forward and inspire.
There is a belief that lawyers are too smart to make wrong decisions. Therein lies a massive ethical pitfall: A lawyer could be making a wrong decision and refuse to admit it to themselves and others for fear of losing prestige and reputation. After years of schooling and time perfecting their craft, lawyers do not want to be seen as weak or needing to ask for help. Lawyers face ethical decisions to gain new customers, reputation, and community notoriety. If we’re not careful, we can begin to rationalize questionable behavior to achieve even good goals. Rashmi shares that as professionals, a culture of conversation around compliance and ethics is critical.
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