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Inspiring legal is an Openli podcast hosted by Stine Mangor Tornmark, who journeys through the in-house legal landscape of today. With influential GCs, top C-level executives and other fascinating guests, Inspiring Legal is your weekly dose of everything legal, career and life lessons.

Episode 25: Becoming a trusted partner - with Thomas Christiansen, GC at Trackunit

Trackunit's General Counsel, Thomas Christiansen, joins the Inspiring Legal studio! We're talking about being the first Legal hire, how to educate the rest of the business, how to help Sales, and how being agile in a small company helps you get ahead.

Episode 24: The future of privacy

The privacy landscape is moving fast these days, and increasingly so. That's why we're dedicating the following weeks fully to privacy here at Inspiring Legal. Stine Tornmark will take you through what you need to know and what's on the horizon for digital privacy.

Episode 23: Leading Legal Operations - with Sean Houston of Heineken

Today, we take another dive into Legal Operations. This time, we explore and discuss with Heineken's Legal Operations Manager, Sean Houston. We'll get into the how and why of legal ops with Sean, who also shares his journey from tech to ultimately joining Heineken in The Netherlands.

Episode 22: Heading up a global privacy team - with Emma Redmond of Stripe

Millions of companies use Stripe to accept payments and grow revenue. An operation that big requires some serious privacy procedures. Luckily for Stripe, they have Emma Redmond to take care of just that. And luckily for us (and you!), Emma is a guest on today's episode of Inspiring Legal, where she shares some of her absolute gems of insights.

Episode 21: Opportunities for Legal with Sarah Ouis

How do you create user-centric legal operations? And actually, what does user-centric even mean in a legal context? Wonder no more, because today we're joined in the studio by Legal Design & Content superhero Sarah Ouis. Sarah will take us through her own journey from in-house counsel to out-of-house consultant and delve into the opportunities for scaling in-house Legal teams.

Episode 20: Scaling Legal in a fast-growing SaaS company with Eva Mobacker

"Get to know the product and understand our unique selling points" - Today we're joined in the studio by Eva Mobacker, VP of Legal at Planhat. Listen in as she and Openli CEO Stine Tornmark discuss the ins and outs of scaling the legal clockwork at a (fast) growing company.

Episode 19: Finding your superpower with Chad Aboud

Today we're talking to Chad Aboud - the lawyer on a journey to make Legal more enjoyable and fulfilling. You might have seen him across social media, or you might not know him (yet), but one thing is for certain: after listening, you'll have a new perspective on your career and hands-on tips on how to find your superpower as a lawyer.

Episode 18: What a CEO needs from their GC

In today’s episode, we discuss (some of) the qualities of a successful general counsel. At an Openli Community event, Stine asked Trustpilot CEO Peter Mühlmann what he looks for in a GC. His answer? Listen to find out.

Episode 17: Legal Ops with Matilde Montanari, Legal Operations Officer at TomTom

Legal Operations is on everyone's lips. But what is it actually all about? What are the best practices, what are some quick wins - and how does one go about pursuing a career in Legal Ops? Join us in a conversation with TomTom's Legal Operations Officer, Matilde Montanari, as we dive into the specifics of this fast-moving legal field.

Episode 16: Bridging the gap with Jonathan Keen, Head of Legal at Figma

Today, Inspiring Legal is joined by Jonathan Keen, the Head of Legal at powerhouse software company Figma. Listen in as Stine and Jonathan dive into Figma's legal operations, their approach to privacy, and Jonathan's own Legal journey.

Episode 15: This is how you get sign-off on tools and tech

How do you get approval for that certain tool that’ll help scale your work? We’ve got you covered in this episode of Inspiring Legal.

Episode 14: Natalie Salunke, GC at Zilch, on making law more human

Meet Natalie, the O-shaped lawyer and General Counsel of UK-based Zilch. O-shaped what? O-shaped lawyer. Meaning Natalie is not only the GC providing legal advice - she's also a modern leader with a human-centric focus on her work and co-workers. Join us today as Stine and Natalie dive into the world of modern in-house legal.

Episode 13: Lawyers and entrepreneurship

Why aren't lawyers encouraged to pursue entrepreneurship? The typical founder of a startup does not have a legal background. Today, we ask: well, why not?

Episode 12: People and compliance. With Martin Lønstrup, VP and Head of Group Compliance at Sandvik

"Get out there and meet the people", Martin Lønstrup, the VP and Head of Group Compliance at Sandvik, says. In this episode of Inspiring Legal, Stine & Martin discuss the importance of the people that make up the business, its operations, and its level of compliance.

Episode 11: Interview with Shanti Ariker, GC & Chief Privacy Officer at Zendesk

How do you build that business-savvy legal team? In this episode, Stine teams up with Shanti Ariker, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Zendesk, to learn just how she did that and the impact it had on the team and the company.

Episode 10: How to create a business-savy legal team

Working in-house means understanding and taking business needs into account. So far so good, but how do you get there? How do you get the understanding needed to be offered a seat at the decision table? How can you use that understanding to help your company even more? Press play to find out.

Episode 9: Interview with William Wade, Global VP at Sitecore

Welcome back! We hope you've all had a wonderful season. In this first episode of 2023, we've invited Global Vice President at Sitecore, William Hart Wade, to the Inspiring Legal studio to chat about his journey from NY's legal scene to Copenhagen's ditto. William and Stine discuss Sitecore's unique approach to in-house Legal, its effects, and the ambitions for the future. Thank you for listening.

Special Episode: New year, new... Legal? Featuring our producer Daniel

It's the 20th of December, and the holidays are right around the corner. You might already be having yours, and if so, enjoy. Recording this episode we decided to make it into a special one. We look back at the waning year - and we look forward to the new one. What will be on in-house legal's plate next year? And what was on the plate in 2022? Join host Stine and producer Daniel as they discuss learnings and lessons from the previous year. Happy holidays and happy New Year from all of us - see you in the next one.

Episode 8: Branding in-house legal with Laura Greenberg of Worksome

Meet Laura Jeffords Greenberg, the Senior Director of Legal and Compliance at Worksome. Not only is Laura heading up Legal in one of the fastest-growing companies in Denmark, she's also an ambassador for optimising legal teams. And today, we're talking optimisation - by defining in-house Legal's brand and purpose.

Episode 7: Getting started with privacy

Privacy. What's the deal, and how do you deal with it? How do you get buy-in from the top? What's the best approach when implementing it? We'll discuss that in this episode of Inspiring Legal.

Episode 6: Rob Chesnut on integrity and the ethical revolution

Why are ethics important for a company? And how do you start working with ethics? Following up on our Special Episode Twitter chat, ex-Airbnb GC and best-selling author Rob Chesnut is back in the studio to spoil us with his insights. This time, we're talking about how companies can benefit from prioritising ethics, and Rob shares his own experience from some of the big companies he's worked at.

Episode 5: Trust & integrity

How do you start working with ethics? And to what end? Last week, Stine was joined for a special episode by best-selling author and ex- Airbnb GC Rob Chesnut. It went so well that we scheduled another interview with Rob, where we'll be talking about - you guessed it - trust and integrity. That's next week. Leading up to this, Stine today talks about her own experience with trust and safety. Thanks for listening!

Special episode: Let's talk about Twitter - with Rob Chesnut, former GC of Airbnb

Rob Chesnut, ex-GC and Chief Ethics Officer at Airbnb, gives his take on the current situation at Twitter in this one-on-one with Stine Tornmark.

Episode 4: Interview with Jessica Zwaan, COO of Whereby

Welcome to this week's episode of Inspiring Legal, where Stine is joined by Whereby COO Jessica Zwaan on a call from New York. Jessica & Stine talks about how to scale and maintain a successful team, as well as Jessica's journey from legal to operations.

Episode 3: Recruiting for in-house legal

What should I look for when hiring for in-house legal? Join Stine as she gets into the subject of recruiting the right people for the right job.

Episode 2: The value of in-house legal

How do I get management to see the value I bring to the table? In episode 2 of Inspiring Legal, Stine dives into this common in-house issue.

Episode 1: The past, the present and what's on the horizon

In this first episode, Stine breaks down her vision for the podcast as well as her path from fresh-out-of-school lawyer to CEO of Openli.

Introducing Inspiring Legal

Welcome to Inspiring Legal, the brand-new podcast that covers everything in-house legal. Your host is Stine Mangor Tornmark, lawyer and CEO of Openli.