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Recap: The 3rd Annual Transformative Leadership Awards

InsideCounsel honors 2012 winners at annual dinner

Thomas A. Mars, EVP and CAO of Walmart U.S., hands out the award in his name

The legal community gathered in Chicago last night to celebrate empowerment and diversity at the 3rd Annual Transformative Leadership Awards, which honor general counsel and law firm partners who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing women in corporate law.

Hundreds of guests, including in-house counsel, law firm lawyers, legal consultants and others, attended InsideCounsel’s annual dinner, which took place at the new Radisson Blu Aqua hotel. InsideCounsel editor-in-chief Cathleen Flahardy and Michele Coleman Mayes, executive vice president, general counsel and chief legal officer of Allstate Insurance Co., co-chaired the event.

Winston & Strawn Partner Christine Edwards received the Mary Ann Hynes Pioneer Award. Although she said she never set out to be a pioneer, Edwards was the first woman general counsel on Wall Street and reshaped traditions among other Wall Street counsel. “There are other pioneers-in-making in this room, and we need to help them,” she said.

The final award—the Thomas A. Mars Award—went to Thomas Sabatino, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Walgreens. Mars, the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Walmart U.S., attended the Transformative Leadership Awards dinner despite recent legal troubles at his company. After a video played in which Mars’ colleagues talked about his accomplishments in promoting diversity at Walmart, Mars addressed the audience and said he was honored and humbled.

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