Champions of Women + Girls

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Our nationally acclaimed Annual Aiming High Awards Luncheon showcases the most successful and influential women in the business community - positioning them as role models for all women and girls - while also giving them, their friends and colleagues an opportunity to "pay it forward." And we honor our Men of Distinction, recognized for their leadership in championing the rights of women and girls, so that more men are encouraged to do the same. 

Past Aiming High Award Recipients

2024

Jolen Anderson, Chief People Officer, Executive Advisory Board Member Whitney Chatterjee, General Counsel, Apollo Global Management Tim Murphy, Mastercard - Man of Distinction Pilar Ramos, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, TelevisaUnivision Inc. Muriel Fox, Co-Founder, Legal Momentum & the National Organization for Women (NOW) Legal Momentum Lifetime Champion Award

2022

Loretta Lynch, Former U.S. Attorney General and Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Debra G. Perelman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Revlon, Inc.

Kathryn Ruemmler, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Susan B. Lindenauer, Treasurer, Legal Momentum Board of Directors & Retired General Counsel, The Legal Aid Society, Legal Momentum Lifetime Champion Award

2021

Eileen Murray, Chair, Board of Governors, FINRA Thomas Reid, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, Comcast Corporation - Man of Distinction

NEXT GENERATION LEADERS - Alexis A. Amezcua, Partner & Co-Chair, Morrison & Foerster, Diversity Strategy Committee Subha Barry, President, Seramount Jessica Carey, Partner, Co-Head of Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Elizabeth Cooper, Partner & Co-Head, Private Equity Mergers & Acquisitions, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Adrienne Gittens, Deputy General Counsel, Comcast Corporation Lara M. Rios, Partner, Holland & knight LLP Carey S. Roberts, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Ethics & Compliance Officer, Ventas Inc. Faiza J. Saeed, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Dana M. Seshens, Partner & Co-Head, Civil Litigation, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Rabia Sheikh, Associate General Counsel & Vice President, Visa Inc. Valerie Smith, Chief Sustainability Officer, Managing Director, Citi 

2020

Tonit Calaway, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, BorgWarner Inc. Christine DeBiase, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

Citi, Corporate Champion 

2019

Lucy Fato Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Interim Head of Human Resources, AIG Jennifer Marre Managing Director, Associate General Counsel, Bank of America  Pilar Ramos Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Mastercard Robert M. Kaufman Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP - Legal Momentum Lifetime Champion Award

2018

Cathy Engelbert Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Sari Granat Executive Vice President & General Counsel, IHS Markit William E. Ford Chief Executive Officer, General Atlantic - Man of Distinction

2017

Stephanie Drescher Global Head of Business Development & Investor Relationship Management, Apollo Global Management Lisa Garcia Quiroz SVP, Cultural Investments & Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner Inc., President, Time Warner Foundation Brad S. Karp Chair, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP – Man of Distinction

2016

Lynn R. Charytan Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Comcast Cable - Senior Vice President & Senior Deputy General Counsel, Comcast Corporation Barbara Desoer Chief Executive Officer, Citibank Natasha Lamb Partner, Arjuna Capital Tracey T. Travis Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. J. Michael Cook Retired Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte – Man of Distinction

2015

Suzanne Rich Folsom General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Senior Vice President, United States Steel Corporation Gina Proia Chief Communications Officer, Ally Financial Eileen Simon Chief Franchise Integrity Officer, Mastercard Linda K. Zecher President, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2014

Doris Meister President, U.S. Markets, Tri-State, BNY Mellon Amy Olli Executive Vice President & General Counsel, CA Technologies Bea Perez Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company Ilene Wachs President, Horizon Casualty Services, Inc., Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Linda Zukauckas Executive Vice President & Corporate Controller, American Express

2013

Maliz Beams Chief Executive Officer, ING U.S. Retirement Solutions Liz Beshel Robinson Treasurer, Goldman Sachs Suni Harford Regional Head of Markets, North America, Citi Ivy Thomas McKinney Corporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer, Xerox Kelly Tullier Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, PepsiCo

2012

Pamela Carter President, Cummins Distribution Business Jane Fraser Chief Executive Officer, Citi Private Bank Lynn Utter President & Chief Operating Officer, Knoll Office Kathy Zachem Senior Vice President, Regulatory & State Legislative Affairs, Comcast Corporation

2011

Carol Baldwin Moody SVP & Chief Risk Officer, Wilmington Trust Deborah Majoras Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, Procter & Gamble Kathleen Abernathy Chief Legal Officer, Frontier Communications Sabine Chalmers Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer, Anheuser-Busch Diane H. Gulyas President, DuPont Performance Polymers Jane Sherburne Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel, BNY Mellon

2010

Bridget M. Healy Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, ING Deborah Doyle McWhinney President, Citi Personal Banking & Wealth Management, Citigroup Vicki A. O’Meara Executive Vice President & Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Pitney Bowes Inc. Ellen Oran Kaden SVP, Law & Government Affairs, Campbell Soup Company

2009

Carol Lavin Bernick Executive Chairman, Alberto-Culver Bernice E. Lavin Co-Founder, Alberto-Culver, in memoriam Debra A. Cafaro Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ventas Paula B. Pretlow SVP, Capital Guardian Trust Amy W. Schulman Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Pfizer Margaret Maxwell Zagel National Managing Principal, Risk, Regulatory & Legal Affairs - General Counsel, Grant Thornton

2008

Bonnie Howard Chief Auditor, Citi Rosemary Nelson Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Operations, Colgate-Palmolive Louise Parent Executive Vice President & General Counsel, American Express Lynn Pike President, Capital One 

2007

Denise Morrison President, Campbell USA, Campbell Soup Eileen K. Murray Global Head of Operations & Technology, Morgan Stanley Kathryn A. Oberly Vice Chair & General Counsel, Ernst & Young Diane Schumaker-Krieg Managing Director, Global Head of Research, Wachovia Neli Vazquez-Rowland Chief Executive Officer, Be! Products, A Safe Haven

2006

Linda Gooden President, Lockheed Martin Information Technology Joan Guggenheimer Co-General Counsel, JP Morgan Chase & Co Catherine Liggins Hughes Founder & Chair, Radio One Suzanne Nora Johnson Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Diane Schueneman Senior Vice President & Head of Global Operations and Infrastructure Services, Merrill Lynch

2005

Vivian Banta Office of the Chairman, Prudential Financial Rosemary T. Berkery Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Merrill Lynch Beth Comstock Chief Marketing Officer, GE Mary Minnick President & Chief Operating Officer, Coca-Cola Asia Group Beverly Wallace President, Financial Services Group, HCA

2004

Colleen C. Barrett President, Chief Operating Officer & Corporate Secretary, Southwest Airlines Sallie L. Krawcheck Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Smith Barney Ellen J. Kullman Vice President, DuPont Safety & Protection Esta Eiger Stecher Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Goldman Sachs Maggie Wilderotter Senior Vice President, World Wide Public Sector, Microsoft Barbara A. Yastine Chief Financial Officer, Credit Suisse First Boston

2003

Maria Elena Lagomasino Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, JP Morgan Dawn Gould Lepore Vice Chairman of Technology, Operations, Administration, Charles Schwab Judy Lewent Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Merck Pearl Meyer Chairman, Pearl Meyer & Partners Stephanie Mudick Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Citi

2002

Patricia Dunn Global Chief Executive, Barclays Jamie Gorelick Vice Chair, Fannie Mae Anastasia Kelly Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Sears Barbara Marcus Executive Vice President, Scholastic Pamela Thomas-Graham President & Chief Executive Officer, CNBC

2001

Michele Anthony Executive Vice President, Sony Music Carole Black President & Chief Executive Officer, Lifetime Janice Brandt Vice Chair & Chief Marketing Officer, AOL Frieda Caplan Founder & Chairwoman, Frieda’s Wanda Denson Low Vice President & Chief Counsel, Boeing Terri Dial President & Chief Executive Officer, Wells Fargo Patricia Diaz-Dennis Senior Vice President, SBC Nina DiSesa Chief Creative Officer, McCann-Erickson Nancy Evans Co-Founder, Co-Chair & Editor-in-Chief, iVillage Orit Gadiesh Chairman, Bain & Company Lois Juliber Chief Operating Officer, Colgate-Palmolive Jenette Kahn President & Editor-in-Chief, DC Comics Karen Katen Executive Vice President, Pfizer Barbara Krumsiek President, Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chairman, Calvert Geraldine Laybourne Chairwoman & Chief Executive Officer, Oxygen Media Cindi Leive Editor-in-Chief, Self Magazine Lauren B. Leichtman Founder & Partner, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Shelly Lazarus Chairwoman & Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy & Mather Heidi Miller Vice Chair, Marsh Sara Moss Vice President & General Counsel, Pitney Bowes Carolyn Setlow Senior Vice President, Roper Starch Westina Matthews Shatteen, Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner Vice Chairwoman, Estee Lauder Deborah Willingham Vice President of Human Resources, Microsoft Patricia Woertz President, Chevron