Lisa Neal-Graves ('06)

Careers In House Profiles Dec '12

IT Strategic Sourcing Associate Director, Intel Corporation

Originally attracted to law school in order to learn more about the legal implications of contracting for software as a service, Lisa joined Intel Corporation as a business attorney and within eighteen months served as IT counsel for the CIO. Today, Lisa is the Intel IT Strategic Sourcing Associate Director, where she leads a team of thirty commodity managers responsible for purchasing IT related products and services for the company. "I was Unisys Corporation VP, Worldwide Application Service Provider Business, where I was in a continuous struggle with our in-house counsel regarding the additional risk that my business was creating for the business. In fairness, the EU had just announced their Privacy Directive and the US had not yet responded, so our counsel was concerned about the potential regulatory requirements. I decided to go to law school to get in front of these requirements."

Q. Tell us about your current work. It is the best combination of technical, business, and legal that I could "happen" into. My technical background enables me to understand the technology my group procures, my business background enables me to understand the IT business my group supports, and my team has to be experts in contracts—the best of all my experiences to date.

Q. Tell us about your professional networking experiences? Research the individuals that you want to get to know, look for areas of common interest, and don't be shy. However, know when to say when, if you are doing all of the talking, you are trying too hard. You have to find a way to create something about you that the individuals with whom you are networking will find interesting.

Q. If you could go back and do something different in law school, what would it be? Law school was an enigma to me and I spent way too much time afraid of it and not engaging in the intellectual experience. I learned way more practicing that I could have learned in earnest debate with my classmates while in study groups. I would have participated in a greater variety of study groups and engaged more.

Q. What final piece of advice do you have for current and prospective law students? Don't fight the learning process—this is not like anything that you have ever experienced before (unless this is your second time around in law school)—look for ways to enjoy the intellectual experience. DO NOT BE AFRAID!!!