We’ve all heard the saying, “If you want something done, ask the busiest person you know.” Lindsey Self embodies this quote as a wife, mother, professional, law student, and social activist. She prides herself in doing work that would make her children proud of who she is and also encourage them to do more.
As a Global Talent Acquisition Analyst, for First Solar, Lindsey works to relay her company’s internal strategy, initiatives, and promote diversity and inclusion. She is also a Juris Doctor student at Toledo Law. Becoming a labor and relations attorney while working on diversity and inclusion issues is a long term goal for Lindsey, and assisting underserved and forgotten groups is where Lindsey spends much of her time. Lindsey has partnered with ABLE, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, which is an organization that provides legal assistance and raises funds for people who cannot afford representation. In a criminal case, you are assigned a Public Defender if you cannot afford a private attorney, however, in civil matters, you are left to figure it out for yourself. A.B.L.E assists many people, often from low income neighborhoods, in medical and housing disputes who otherwise would have to move on from unjust circumstances.
A Champion for Change
Being a champion in various areas and fighting for people who have essentially been silenced is important to Lindsey, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because she has been tasked with raising the next generation. She wants her kids to be able to spot an injustice, and not just accept it, but actually work to make it right. Many of the issues that Lindsey is passionate about have very deep roots, but she is digging in and isn’t going anywhere any time soon. “Whether it’s a project at work or with my children at home, seeing growth and development is exciting! Change can be overwhelming and often intimidating but seeing the result of change and progression motivates me to continue my work, professionally, personally, academically, and socially” she says. Sitting back and letting others fight battles to move the community and the world forward is an easy place to reside, however, Lindsey sees it as a privilege for us to even have the ability to fight for the betterment of our society. We cannot become complacent in not getting involved and each day should reflect even slight progress forward.
Lindsey will always be working to do her part to make this world a little bit better, because her two children are counting on her to get it done.