Strictly Business #1: Ingrid Adjoa

Ingrid Adjoa // Lawyer and Founder of IY.Legal

In summer 2017 I founded my own law firm which is specialized in intellectual property and media law.

As the only black student during my studies there was no one I could look up to or identify with. This in mind caused a lack of self-confidence in me, which led to the fact that after graduating from law school in 2010, fearing to not find a job as a lawyer, I first “fled” into the entertainment industry and worked as an artist manager.

Although I always had a high affinity for music that working in the entertainment industry somehow fulfilled me I always had my eye on my colleagues who worked in law firms or companies as in-house lawyers. A few years older and more experienced in life and after finishing my master degree I realized that law is my path which encouraged me to start my own thing.

Looking back, being self-employed is one of the best decisions of my life. Never before have I felt so free and independent. Furthermore, it is very important to me to contribute to more visibility of black people as this is the only way to motivate and encourage future BIPOC generations to go their way.

Click here to check out more about Ingrid and IY.Legal on her website.

Photo by Der Gottwald


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