Last week, nearly 800 business leaders gathered to honor Judy Spires, President and CEO of ACME Markets, Inc., as she was presented with the 2009 Paradigm Award by the Chamber. The Paradigm Award is presented annually to a female chief executive of a for-profit company whose professional and personal achievements serve as a model for success.

The Paradigm Award includes the presentation of a Paradigm crystal sculpture, a charitable gift in the honoree’s name, and scholarship money to recipients of the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women. Since its inception, the Award’s program has distributed nearly a $1 million to 37 non-profit organizations and awarded 58 scholarships to working women.

Spires designated her charitable gift to three non-profit organizations: La Salle University, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Additionally, a total of $25,000 was awarded to seven recipients of the Paradigm Scholarship, all of whom work for Chamber member companies: Michele Louden, PNC Global Investment Services (Helen T. Devereux Scholar); Stacey Pinkney, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Stradley Ronon Scholar); Antoinette Bing, BOE Securities, Inc.; Donna Bonnett, PIDC; Annette Clark, ACME Markets; Cerisse McCall, Transfield Services North America; and Cassandra Summers, Reed Smith LLP.

Above is a clip of Judy Spire’s acceptance speech, in which she talks about leadership.  Photos from the event will be up soon.