Episode 1-Embracing Ambition and Authenticity on the Road to Inclusive Leadership with Judge Glenda Hatchett

Glenda Hatchett has served as an American judge, attorney, founder of The Hatchett Firm, P.C. a national firm located in Atlanta, GA., and star of the former Sony Television court show, Judge Hatchett, and current-day, The Verdict with Judge Hatchett. She has served on the Boards of three Fortune 500 companies – HCA, The Gap Inc. and ServiceMaster Company.

In this episode, listeners will hear how her positive attitude, perseverance in her career and in life enabled her to fulfill her passion for litigation, racial justice, and diversity & inclusion.

She also shares personal stories. She is so down to earth. Glenda tells it like it is.  She’s a true example of NOT letting obstacles (emotional & mental) get in the way of your goals in life. It just makes you stronger.  

Judge Hatchett, shares her insights on Finding Your Purposeful Path: Dare to Take Charge, Motivating and Inspiring the Workforce to Expect and Work Toward Greatness, and The Corporate Challenge to Lead and Serve Inclusively.

She discusses how corporate and non-profit board members have an important role in building an inclusive workplace that drives people performance and financial results for organizations.

In 2016 Judge Glenda Hatchett represented the family of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old Black American man, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop by police officer Jeronimo Yanez of the St. Anthony police department, in a suburb of Saint Paul Minnesota that gained national and international news.  At the time Judge Glenda Hatchett and many others also believe the violent death of Philando Castile was simply wrong. “I am deeply concerned about what seems to be an epidemic of African-American men being killed by police,” Hatchett said.


5:15 – Journey started with inspiration from parents

7:52 – What created that drive? What was the catalyst for your passion for the law and litigation?

10:33 – Global crisis management experience

15:00 – How did you get accepted to that school?  I applied

18:00 – Overcoming bias and disrespectful comments

“I didn’t expect this to be fair. When I walk into a deposition in a conference room, and a skyscraper in New York on behalf of (my employer at the time) Delta, they assume that I’m the paralegal and the secretary. Are you going to be a victim? Are you going to be victorious? You’ve got to make up your mind. I don’t mean that you need to roll over and take a lot of foolishness. That’s not what I’m saying. But you have to be very strategic about, the wars you fight.  I was at Delta for almost 10 years. I never lost a case. Nobody else around me could say that.”  —Judge Glenda Hatchett

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