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Tech Tales - Women's Edition
OliviaSu

Olivia Su

Practice Consultant - Kira Systems

Where were you born? Provide any interesting personal background you feel shapes your story.

I was born in New York and spent most of my life on the East Coast where I once knew how to withstand temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, I live in California and can be found sporting heavy winter overcoats whenever the temperature dips to a bone-chilling 50 degrees.

What did you do before your current career or role?

Prior to working in the legal industry, I was a frequently hungry artist: http://cargocollective.com/oliviasu/. I became interested in pursuing law to better understand my rights to my own work as a creator and, naturally, ended up as a corporate/employee benefits attorney.

In 1–3 sentences, describe your current job.

I am currently a Practice Consultant at Kira Systems. My role is to be the direct point of contact for Kira's clients that are based on the West Coast and other parts of the US and Brazil and to help them get the most out of Kira.

How or why did you get started doing this?

I have always been interested in using technology to make processes more efficient, so I was quite excited to hear that my law firm was adopting Kira back when I was still an associate there. After using Kira in practice as an attorney and experiencing its value, I learned of an opportunity to join and advocate for Kira and here I am.

My favorite part about my job is that I get to play a direct role in the adoption and roll out of machine learning software that I believe in.

What’s your favorite thing about it? / Why do you feel this work matters?

My favorite part about my job is that I get to play a direct role in the adoption and roll out of machine learning software that I believe in. Many rote processes of legal work can be automated, allowing attorneys to focus on the substantive issues, and I am excited to see how those improvements will impact the legal industry.

Describe a moment you are proudest of in your career.

Back as an art student, one assignment from my woodworking class was to drill various holes in a narrow wooden block to practice technique. This generally resulted in amorphous blobs from the class, but I was intent on creating something representational while still fulfilling the requirements and proudly ended up with an "Inspector Gadget"-like fist.