Season 5, Episode 12: The Power of Trust with Karna Nisewaner

Karna Nisewaner is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. She is responsible for Cadence worldwide legal operations, covering matters such as corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, commercial transactions, employment, export compliance, government affairs, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and stock administration. Prior to this role, she was Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Cadence where she led many key functions in the legal department.  Prior to joining Cadence in 2011, Nisewaner held in-house counsel roles at Intuit and IBM and was in private practice at Finnegan, Henderson, Farbow, Garrett, and Dunner, LLP focused on intellectual property.  Nisewaner received her BSE in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University and her Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School.

How do you build great teams?  Create a trusted environment.  For Karna Nisewaner, trust is the foundation of her strong legal team and her relationships with fellow executives.  Through trust, Karna was able to build her career at Cadence to reach the level of General Counsel.  She thinks there are great lessons to be learned in how you create trust and how that makes you a great leader.