10 Questions: Brent Robbins

10 Questions with Brent Robbins: Vice President/General Counsel, General MillsMan in suit smiling
1. What’s your elevator speech? I lead a group of talented legal professionals in managing risk and creating opportunities for General Mills’ international businesses and supply chain organization. I also lead the legal operations group. 

2. What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Solving complex practical problems that matter to the business. 

3. Why did you go into law? I thought the mix of intellectual rigor and practical focus would be a good fit. 

4. If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be? A small business owner or finance professional. 

5. How do you like to spend your free time? My family volunteers at our church food shelf and we have taught English for many years at a camp in Poland. For fun, I like to attend some of the Twin Cities’ amazing classical music offerings and sporting events. I also get out hunting at least once a year and enjoy eating at our many great restaurants (favorites are Spoon & Stable and Restaurant Alma). 

6. What’s the best advice you ever received? The best career-related advice was “Only do what only you can do” (especially for leaders). The best personal advice was “Don’t be humble, you’re not that great.” 

7. What book is on your nightstand right now? Directorate S, the sequel to Ghost Wars and a must-read about the CIA’s long struggle in Afghanistan. 

8. If your life was summed up in 3 hashtags… #keepitsimple, #loveothers, #followChrist 

9. Do you have a New Years resolution or goal for 2020? To be more intentional about downtime. We’re just too busy! 

10. Cheerios or Lucky Charms?