Setbacks Reframed: Relativity’s CLO Karen Klein

Relativity Stellar Women, with woman standing in power pose in front of mountains.

Blair Heidenreich, who with Mary Rechtoris and Mila Taylor of EDRM partner, Relativity lead the Stellar Women initiative, reflected on the recent recent Stellar Women workshop for the Relativity Blog. During the workshop, Relativity Chief Legal Officer Karen Klein discussed a career setback, what she learned, and tips for the Stellar Women community to persevere and come out stronger when we face our own obstacles.

As evidenced by her current role as CLO, that fear clearly did not come to fruition. But Karen expressed a dark sentiment we’ve all felt when we’ve encountered a serious professional setback: This is the end of my career as I know it.

Blair Heidenreich Quoting Karen klein, Relativity CLO

Acknowledging the challenge of separating one’s self worth from one’s title or job, both Blair and Karen “actively works to unblur these lines so she can maintain a healthy view of self and her worth outside of the context of her job.”

With key takeaways for surviving and thriving after a setback, Blair explores:

  • Getting out of your own way
  • Engaging with your network
  • Getting over [your last, your next] title
  • The importance of a good boss
  • Giving yourself grace

The Stellar Women workshops feature in depth conversation with eDiscovery leaders, with opportunities for smaller group discussion and networking within moderated breakout rooms.

Stellar Women Podcasts can be found here.

EDRM’s Illumination Zone/Stellar Women Crossover Podcast Event can be found here. The crossover event focuses on mental health during our emergence from pandemic life.


Mary Mack

Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.

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