Learn what it is like to be a journalist at Bloomberg Industry Groups. Lisa Helem will share her career trajectory and take questions from students on ways to break into the feild.
Lisa Helem is the Executive Editor of Bloomberg Industry Group, where she develops editorial content and strategies that expand brand reach to emerging audiences in the legal profession. Since joining the company in July 2020, she has launched new projects including: “Black Lawyers Speak,” an award-winning podcast series taking the pulse of trailblazing black lawyers; “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40,” highlighting sterling young lawyers from across the nation; “The Black General Counsel Project,” which tracks how top lawyers are moving the needle on diversity at their companies; and “Why Mentoring Matters,” a first-person series illustrating the impact key law partners have on their more junior peers, including on women, diverse, and first-generation lawyers.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Lisa became the first African-American editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal, where she oversaw strategy, publication of the NLJ magazine, commentary and special reports, including the NLJ 500. Lisa has been recognized for her work by both the legal and media communities. In January 2020, she was named to Lawyers of Color’s 2020 “Power List,” which recognizes “the most influential minority attorneys in the nation.” And in 2018, she was named to the Folio 100, which spotlights the media industry’s “best thought-leaders.”
Earlier in her career, Lisa, a graduate of Duke University and the University of Michigan Law School, practiced commercial litigation at Vinson & Elkins. Prior to law school, Helem covered politics, education and culture for publications including Newsweek, People, and the Washington bureau of Cox Newspapers. Helem resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.