Name: Krystal Welland
Marital status: Married to Tim
Career: Statistician, Jackson Lewis, LLC
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Where do you call home today? West Washington Park, Denver
Krystal Welland is part of the group young Denver professionals who excel at their jobs by day, and then kick their shoes off on evenings and weekends to take advantage of all Colorado has to offer. Welland, who received her Master’s in Applied Statics and Research Methods from the University of Northern Colorado, is a statistician for the Seventeenth Street law firm of Jackson Lewis P.C. As part of her duties, Welland oversees and performs complex statistical analyses in support of federal government audits and systemic discrimination defense, and also works closely with affirmative action group attorneys and clients preparing affirmative action program and federal government submissions. She was recognized as an “outstanding legal professional” by Colorado Law Week 2013. Despite the obvious big brain, Welland has not lost herself in numbers and regression analysis, as she remarks about the beauty of Colorado and the one thing she can’t live without—her husband. It all adds up.
CE: What took you down this career path?
KW: Luck. I was graduating with a master’s degree in statistics and wondering how to apply that in the real world. I got my first job in the legal community as a statistical analyst working on discrimination issues, and I just fell in to it.
CE: Who do you most admire?
KW: My dad because growing up he was always a business man, but was also able to be a great family man and dad. He taught my sister and me to be professional but also happy and enjoy life.
CE: Favorite Denver metro restaurant?
KW: Cuba Cuba Café and Bar in Downtown Denver on Delaware Street.
CE: What are your hobbies?
KW: I love running and cooking all different types of food. I also enjoy walking my dogs, hiking and reading.
CE: What surprises people about you?
KW: Probably that I’m a statistician working in the legal field. I’m not the stereotype of what people would think about what a statistician would look like and act like.
CE: How do people describe you?
KW: People describe me as a very committed person, both professionally and socially. In the work environment I’m considered serious. Socially, my friends would describe me as easygoing and lighthearted.
CE: What was the last great book you read?
KW: I’m just finishing “A Civil Action,” by Jonathan Harr, and it’s fantastic.
CE: What is your most memorable Colorado experience?
KW: I was married at the Pinnacle Club (formerly the Petroleum Club) at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver in 2011 with the most incredible view in Colorado. We didn’t even put up many decorations, because the view was the best decoration.
CE: What one word describes Coloradans to you?
CE: What is your favorite spot in Colorado to visit?
KW: Probably Estes Park. It’s so beautiful.
CE: What is one thing that you absolutely can’t live without?
KW: My husband.
CE: What was your last major purchase?
KW: Our house, which just turned 90 this year.
CE: What is your biggest fashion faux pas?
KW: Socks with sandals.
CE: What gadget can you not live without?
KW: My iPhone.
CE: What is Jackson Lewis’ affirmative action program practice?
KW: We work with government contractors to help them meet their obligations and stay in compliance with government regulations. We help them prepare strategic and compliant affirmative action plans and assist our clients in responding to audits by the Department of Labor.
CE: What is its importance to the firm?
KW: The AAP practice group is made up of 40 attorneys, statisticians and data analysts across the country. We are a specialty practice within Jackson Lewis, which has over 750 attorneys across the country.
CE: How is that different from other Denver law firms?
KW: Our team, as far as I know, is the only major firm in Colorado where in-house statisticians and attorneys partner to prepare and defend affirmative action plans (AAP’s) on a high volume. We also conduct privileged pay equity analyses for employers.
CE: You are a statistician. How do you use that with the affirmative action program practice?
KW: I use statistics and data to monitor clients’ employment practices. We identify “red flags” and advise clients on how to proactively address problem areas.
CE: What are the primary statistical tools you use to help employers?
KW: The most common tools are Excel, Stata and R (a statistical software program). We rely on data collected from the clients and use those programs to generate analyses.
CE: Where do most employers fall astray from anti-discrimination rules?
KW: The biggest mistake we see from our clients is that they treat data too casually. When there is an audit or a lawsuit, often the data hasn’t been kept well and the clients have difficulty defending themselves.
CE: Do you provide just litigation support, or is your program also proactive for employers?
KW: We love to partner with clients and provide proactive reviews such as pay equity reviews, mainly on a gender and race basis. We help our clients understand their compensation systems and how they are being applied and help them remedy any concerns we may discover.
CE: What is the one piece of advice you can give employers to avoid discrimination claims?
KW: I would recommend a self-audit on a regular basis, focusing on the data collection and retention systems. Great record keeping is absolutely necessary.
BIO: Scott S. Evans is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law and is now a single father of two, a business litigation attorney, writer and high school lacrosse coach living in Centennial. Scott has freelanced for various newspapers, magazines, journals and academic publications including The Wall Street Journal and the Manchester Union Leader.
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