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October 11, 2012

ABA President Bellows Honored for Advancing Women Leaders

_ President Laurel Bellows will receive a 2012 Global ATHENA Leadership Award Oct. 15 for professional excellence, community service, and actively assisting women in their attainment of professional growth and leadership skills. The award is annually conferred by ATHENA International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting, developing and honoring  women leaders.

According to ATHENA International, the organization recognizes exceptional leaders who inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.  Since its inception in 1982, ATHENA International has honored thousands of leaders in more than 500 communities worldwide. Past award recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, journalist Nina Totenberg,  women’s advocate Marie Wilson and former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder.

As ABA president, Bellows has established the ABA Task Force on Gender Equality to address the continuing gender equity issues that exist in the legal profession and in society at large.  She also created the ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking, which is mobilizing the legal profession to combat human trafficking through public awareness, advocacy, training and education.

The Global ATHENA Leadership Award will be presented at the ATHENA International Leadership Summit Gala at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Chicago, during which the organization will also celebrate its 30th anniversary.

In addition to Bellows, ATHENA International will honor Olympic gold medalist Micki King and Heather Paquette, managing director of KPMG.