For the third year, InsideCounsel celebrated the
empowerment of women in the legal community at the annual
Transformative Leadership Awards.
The annual awards dinner, which honors general counsel
and law firm partners who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and advancing women in corporate
law, took place at Chicago’s Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.
Hundreds of in-house counsel, law firm lawyers, legal
consultants and other members of the legal community attended.
The packed room honored the six
Transformative Leadership Awards winners at
this year’s event. Attendees from legal departments, law firms and other related endeavors
were on hand to recognize the achievements of the
general counsel and women law firm partners who have
excelled both in mentoring and promoting women to new
levels of success, and working to increase the economic
empowerment of women in law.
Many of the award winners were humbled and touched by
the honor. They spoke glowingly about the people who helped them
in their careers to get to the point where they are today, and put them in a
position to pay the favor forward. Additionally, almost all of the winners
made a point to note that this cause is so meaningful to them that it’s practically second nature.
“It’s difficult to receive an award for doing something you love doing
so much,” said Anastasia D. Kelly Award recipient Janet Langford Kelly,
senior vice president, legal, general counsel and corporate secretary of
At the end of the evening, there was a special tribute to Transformative
Leadership Awards Co-chair and Allstate Insurance Co. EVP, GC & Chief
Legal Officer Michele Coleman Mayes, who will no longer emcee the event.
Mayes was praised by SNR Denton Partner Kara Baysinger and
Adrienne Logan, associate general counsel of Godiva Chocolatier Inc.,
who said Mayes “challenged me to think bigger and see things in a much
more bold way.”
“If you didn’t get the memo, nobody lives forever,” Mayes said, “so make
sure you leave behind a path that’s worth following.”
On the following pages, InsideCounsel shares highlights from the 3rd
Annual Transformative Leadership Awards. Visit InsideCounsel.com for
more coverage of the event.