ATHENA International™ Presents ABA
President Laurel Bellows and Olympic Gold Medalist Micki King with Global ATHENA Award, and 2012 National
ATHENA Leadership Award to Heather Paquette
at International Women’s Leadership Summit
CHICAGO – October 10, 2012 – ATHENA International™
bestowed its highest honor – the Global ATHENA Award – to American Bar
Association President Laurel Bellows, and Olympic Gold Medalist Micki King at
the 30th Anniversary Celebration Gala on Monday, October 15. Heather
Paquette, Managing Partner of KPMG LLP, received the 2012 National ATHENA
The Global ATHENA Leadership Award recognizes exemplary
leaders who set the standard for all women with regard to living their best
life, achieving their full potential, sharing their gifts with other women
along the way and whose body of work has positive global impact for
women and girls. Among the previous
recipients have been Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, former
Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder and, most recently, legendary women’s
basketball coach Pat Summit.
Laurel Bellows, a principal of The Bellows Law Group, P.C.
is an experienced business lawyer counseling senior executives and corporations
on employment matters, employment and severance agreements, executive
compensation and workplace disputes.
She is currently President of the American Bar
Association. She has served as chair of
the association’s policymaking House of Delegates (2006-2008), the second
highest elected office in the ABA. Bellows has also
served as chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and as a
member of the ABA Board of Governors, where she chaired the Finance Committee.
She was also president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and chair
of its Metropolitan Bar Caucus, ABA affiliates.
Bellows’ work in the law and her community has been
recognized by many publications. Crain’s Chicago Business lists Bellows among
its annual list of Power Players; in 2006, she was named one of the 28 Power
Lawyers in the City by Chicago Magazine; she was cited as one of Chicago’s 100
Women of Influence in 1996, also by Crain’s Chicago Business; and Bellows was
listed among Working Mother Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Working Mothers in
the country in 1997.
A graduate of the University
and Loyola University School of Law, Bellows has practiced law for more than 30
years. She practices law with her
husband, Joel, in Chicago. They have four children
and four grandchildren.
Micki King is the 1972 Springboard Diving Olympic
Gold Medalist. A retired US Air Force Colonel, she served 26 years on active
duty. Her second career was Assistant Athletic Director at the University of Kentucky
where she served 14 years.
The native of Pontiac, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan
in 1966, where she was coached by five-time US Olympic Coach, Dick Kimball.
King competed in two Olympic Games, two Pan American Games, and won
international diving titles in 15 countries. She is an inductee in seven Hall
of Fames, including the prestigious United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
While training for the Munich Games in the early
70’s, King actively supported Title IX which became Law in 1972. Once retired
from competition, she turned her focus to Athlete Rights and was elected by her
Olympic peers to serve as the first Athletes Advisory Council (AAC) president
(1973-78). King also served on President Gerald Ford’s “Commission to Study
Olympic Sports.” The findings from this historic commission led to the passage
of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.
In addition to her hands-on work with the Girl Scouts
Regional Council in Kentucky, King is
dedicated to the US Olympians/Paralympians project, World Fit, taking action
against Child Obesity. She also serves on the USA Diving Foundation. King has
two grown children. She resides in Lexington, Kentucky.
The National ATHENA Leadership Award recognizes
leaders who live their best life, achieving their full potential, sharing their
gifts with other women along the way and whose body of work has
positive national impact for women and girls.
Heather is the second individual to be honored with this award and joins
former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as a National ATHENA Recipient.
Heather Paquette is the Managing Partner for KPMG in Michigan where
she’s responsible for the strategic direction and growth of KPMG’s Detroit and Grand Rapids
offices and in making KPMG a great place to build a career. Heather has more
than 22 years of financial audit, information technology and business process
experience, focusing on risk and control.
Prior to joining KPMG, she served in the
United States Air Force in the United Kingdom and then in
Southern Regional Operation Center for NATO in Naples,
She serves on the boards of the Detroit
Economic Club, the Detroit Regional Chamber, United Way
of Southeastern Michigan, the INFORUM Center
for Leadership. Heather also serves on the Association of Latino Professionals
in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) Corporate Advisory Board and the Southern
Illinois University School of Accountancy Board of Advisors. She is a Past
Chair and Director Emeritus of ATHENA International.
Formerly a resident of Chicago, she has been
recognized by the Glass Hammer (www.glasshammer.com) as a 2009 Rising Star, by
the Illinois CPA Society as a 2009 Women to Watch and by KPMG as their 2010
Working Mother of the Year (www.workingmother.com).
“Celebrating 30 Years of Leadership: I am an
ATHENA Leader” was the theme of this year’s event.
International™: Founded 30 years ago, ATHENA International™ is known for its
mission to support, develop and honor women leaders. The organization is
headquartered in Chicago and is well known
for its award programs that have honored over 6,500 women leaders in more than 500
communities in eight countries. For more
information, visit the organization's website at http://www.athenainternational.org/
or call 312.580.0111.
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