Ariker shares. She recommends using the Pro
Bono Institute, an ACC affiliate, to help set up a
program at both local and national levels.
Ariker enjoys working in San Francisco. After
all, it’s home for her. She grew up in Northern
California, the daughter of a physicist and
nurse practitioner. Her first experience with the
legal system was during her parents divorce. “I
learned about how the system worked, and I was
fascinated by the role the lawyer had in all of it,”
she recalls. “Sometimes inspiration can come
from unlikely situations.”
She moved to Israel after high school and
joined the Israeli Defense Forces, as it’s typical
for Israelis to join the army before university. She
then returned to the United States for law school
at UVA in Charlottesville. She learned a lot about
leadership during her time there. “Commanders
were tough and had to remove emotion and
empathy from their leadership style, which was a
necessity in that environment,” she remembers.
That approach doesn’t work in business, she
acknowledges. In fact, she says, she takes the exact
opposite approach. “I try to get to know my team
and understand how they feel, not just talk about
work. I want us to feel like a family — what we
call Ohana [a Hawaiian term that means extended
sense of the family] — and to be able to share
with each other if we want to and enjoy our work
together. We all spend so much time at work, if it
isn’t something you look forward to, why do it?”
Like most lawyers, her first positions were at
firms. She says firms are a great way to hone skills
and learn the basics of law. Salesforce expects its
lawyers to come in with a good deal of knowl-
edge and Ariker believes that getting the same
type of mentorship in-house would be difficult.
For a lawyer considering a move in-house, she
suggests researching different companies and
industries. Working for a biotech company will
be different from working in for a technology or
retail company. Alumni and bar associations are
great resources, she notes.
But, she acknowledges, a lot has changed since
she first joined the legal profession. As someone
who works in the technology field and the legal
world, she’s aware that there’s a perception that
both are male dominated. She recalls, “as a junior
associate, a few times I was asked when the lawyer
would be arriving — they thought I was the
paralegal!” It’s been years since she’s experienced
anything like that and she’s confident that equality
will come with time. “At Salesforce.org in particular,” she says, “we’ve partnered with San Francisco
and Oakland Unified School Districts to improve
access to computer science education. We believe
equality starts with education.” Through Salesforce.
org, her goal is to help nonprofits maximize their
potential to help the world. ACC
BY JOSHUA H. SHIELDS
Getting to know…
WHAT’S YOUR IDEAL VACATION?
Something that combines activity
and learning about a local culture,
not just relaxing by the beach.
WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
Two books: Seveneves, a Sci Fi novel
about a time when the moon has
broken into seven pieces and everyone
believes that the Earth will imminently
be destroyed by those fragments; and
Yiddish for Pirates, a Canadian novel,
which was shortlisted for the Giller Prize,
a prestigious Canadian literary award,
that I picked up in Toronto this summer.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE CAREERS,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I’d be in software sales. I love the passion
that salespeople have for the software they
sell and they work towards accomplishing
their goals, which are concrete, but also
need to know enough about the solutions
to be able to add value to their customers.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU
LEARNED IN LAW SCHOOL THAT
YOU STILL USE EVERY DAY?
The Socratic method teaches you to
ask questions to get to the root of an
issue, and that’s really a good way to
understand an issue rather than coming
in thinking you have all the answers. It
helps to ensure you have considered all
the data and other opinions as well.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?
I love all kinds of pasta, which is
so taboo these days. I try to enjoy
it anyway once in awhile.
TIPS & INSIGHTS
ACC EXTRAS ON…
From Making the Right
Decisions to Asking the
Right Questions: Linda
Her Move from the
C-Suite to the Boardroom
(Nov. 2016). www.
Ten Questions to Ask
(Dec. 2015). www.acc.com/
Operating Abroad: A
Primer for US Nonprofit
(Oct. 2016). www.acc.com/
Contracting with a
Research to Development
to Joint Advocacy
(Oct. 2016). www.acc.com/
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