Arnstein & Lehr’s Chicago office hosted their 6th annual Woman of Vision award luncheon on Thursday, August 2, at Chicago’s iconic Palmer House Hilton hotel. This year’s Woman of Vision award recipient is Ms. Sherren Leigh, founder, president and editor-in-chief of Today’s Chicago Woman (TCW) magazine. With it’s largest attendance yet, the event drew nearly 140 guests, who mingled with live background music by well-known Chicago pianist Stanley Paul, and enjoyed a three course lunch and chocolate gift boxes while listening to presentations by Chicago Partners Colleen Chinlund, Sharilee Kempa Smentek, Laura Lau Marinelli, Michelle Novick and Jennifer Sarhaddi.
The firm highlighted two charities this year, TCW Foundation, which assists under-funded Chicago organizations that help women and children, and the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, supported over the years by some of Arnstein & Lehr’s female attorneys. The firm presented a sponsorship check of $1,000 to the TCW Foundation, which matched that amount with another $1,000 and donated the money to the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. The event culminated in Ms. Leigh’s acceptance of the crystal Tiffany award and her entertaining remarks about the origin of TCW and her career experiences and observations. Ms. Leigh also took questions for the audience and offered advice for entrepreneurial and professional women.
About Woman of Vision
In 2007, Arnstein & Lehr launched the Woman of Vision Award initiative, with the aspiration of promoting and empowering professional women within the firm and throughout all of Chicago. As a result, each summer we host our annual Woman of Vision Award Luncheon. The purpose of the luncheon is to not only recognize and honor an inspirational woman who has made a difference in the professional world, but to promote Arnstein & Lehr’s female lawyers, market the firm and its diversity efforts to the Chicago business community, and provide a networking opportunity for attendees. Women from all professional sectors attend, including female leaders in government, law, health care, business and education. The “WOV” Luncheon has grown to be a very special event and one that is highly anticipated each year.
Cheryle Jackson, the first woman and African-American president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, was our first recipient. In 2008 the the honor went to Marsha Serlin, the founder and CEO of United Scrap Metal, Inc. and in 2009 the honor went to Anne Pramaggiore, CEO and president of ComEd. Our Woman of Vision recipient in 2010 was Dominique Raccah, publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks, one of the leading independent book publishers in North America. Noted Chicago Architect and 2011 MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects was our 2011 recipient. Her work includes Chicago’s acclaimed Aqua Tower, at 86 stories, the tallest building ever designed by a female architect and recipient of the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year award as the world’s best new skyscraper for its design and functionality.
The “WOV” Luncheon has grown to be a very special event and one that is highly anticipated each year.