But not only did Barner graduate from Syracuse University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she went on to earn a law degree from the University of Michigan. Throughout her career, Barner has specialized in the complex area of intellectual property law, eventually landing at Cummins Inc., where she is vice president and chief administrative officer, responsible for communications, government relations, ethics and compliance, legal and several other areas.

Barner talked with host Angela B. Freeman about the challenges she faced building her career, how she has helped others overcome similar barriers and what companies and law firms can do to increase diversity.

Sharon Barner, Cummins Inc. (IBJ photo/Joe Ulery)

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