InsideCounsel’s second annual Transformative Leadership Awards dinner did more than meet its goal of honoring women general counsel and law firm partners who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women. It also served up in almost equal parts inspiration and humor, as well as a few touching moments. And it was notable most of all for the energy that seemed to charge the Fairmont Chicago ballroom, which was packed with more than 400 in-house and law firm attorneys.
“For those of you wondering why you are here, it is because you are supporting something really worthwhile,” said co-host Michele Coleman Mayes, chief legal officer of Allstate, as she welcomed the guests. “More importantly, you are here to get your batteries recharged because there is amazing energy in this room.”
The 2011 Transformative Leadership Awards dinner introduced two new awards—the Mary Ann Hynes Pioneer Award and the Thomas A. Mars Pathmaker Award—bringing the total number of awards to seven.
Economic Empowerment Firm-wide Policies Award Winner: Reed Smith