11 Apr Tracey Ginn
Tracey Ginn is a Corporate Lawyer (USA)
1) Where did you grow up and when did you leave Scotland?
I grew up in Glasgow and left for California in 2002, although I had previously worked in London for a few years.
2) What is your job/sector and how many countries have you lived in?
I’m a corporate lawyer qualified to do business in both the UK and US. I often work with Scottish businesses setting up US operations. I have lived in Scotland, England (is it a different country?!) and the US.
I’m a partner of a US law firm, Polsinelli Shughart (www.polsinelli.com), which has over 550 lawyers and 17 offices across the US. My husband (who is also from Glasgow) and I moved to Los Angeles to pursue his movie career, which has definitely benefitted from being in LA.
3) How often do you visit Scotland and why?
Usually once a year, to see family and friends, visit M&S and eat some fish and chips and good Indian food.
4) What do people in your host country think of Scots and Scotland?
Sadly, a somewhat clichéd view which includes whisky, golf, a lack of knowledge of its exact geographical location (“How long is the drive from Dublin?” is a frequent question) and an inability to understand our accent (per “Scots in a Lift”!).
5) How do you feel about Scotland now you’ve lived abroad?
Very fondly. I realise how small it is and have a huge admiration for the achievements of Scots both at home and internationally.
6) What do you miss most and least about Scotland?
Most – my family and friends and their sense of humour and cynicism. Also, the Edinburgh Festival and the proximity to Europe; America is very homogenous. Least – Scottish negativity (and rain).
7) How do you think the independence referendum will affect you and Scotland’s international image?
Sadly, whichever way it goes, it will not impact greatly on Americans’ consciousness, other than as a curiosity.
8) Will you come home to live again and do you have a message for Scots back home?
That’s an open question; we’ll see. Ideally, we’d like to divide our time between California and Caledonia. As to a message, we Scots should make the Scottish Diaspora as supportive and effective as the Irish one!