Paradigm Award

The most prestigious award for professional women in Greater Philadelphia
executives, elected officials, business owners and civic leaders in attendance at the 2018 Paradigm Award Luncheon

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Paradigm Award is presented annually during Women’s History Month to a businesswoman whose outstanding professional and personal achievements serve as a model for success.

Paradigm Award honorees are distinguished influential executives of profit-making enterprises with a strong local economic impact. Her leadership and dedication to a variety of interests contribute significantly to the socio-economic prosperity of the Greater Philadelphia region. She is respected in her profession and throughout the community for her commitment to excellence and her vision for women and future generations.



About the 2019 Honoree

Jami Wintz McKeon

Jami Wintz McKeon
Chair, Morgan Lewis

Jami Wintz McKeon is the Chair of Morgan Lewis, providing strategic direction to the largest law firm in the world led by a woman. Under her leadership Morgan Lewis has grown into one of the principal global providers of legal services, assisting clients throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Reelected by the firm partnership to serve a second term as Chair, Jami herself is a lifelong member of the Morgan Lewis team, having begun her legal career at the firm in 1981. She has held various management positions, including membership on the firm’s Advisory Board. Immediately prior to assuming the chair, she led Morgan Lewis’s litigation practice, the firm’s largest group. She became Chair in 2014.

During her tenure, Morgan Lewis has experienced unprecedented, and carefully targeted, growth throughout the world, which has placed Jami among the elite architects of strategic combinations in the legal industry. The firm’s more than 2,200 lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists in 30 offices across the globe focus exclusively on delivering exceptional service to clients. A significant emphasis has been the establishment of a robust presence in Asia, Europe, and select centers in the United States. The firm’s careful growth is a direct result of her commitment to delivering the best possible services in the sectors and regions in which our clients do business.

Morgan Lewis’s achievements under Jami’s leadership have won frequent plaudits from other independent analysts and publications. Recent accolades include recognition from BTI Consulting Group, one of the legal industry’s premier assessors of trends, as the #1 Innovation Champion among law firms. BTI, which bases its assessments on independent surveys of clients, has also bestowed numerous other accolades on Morgan Lewis, including, this year, for the third year in a row, naming multiple partners as Client Service All Stars, a recognition Jami herself won in 2017.

The firm also has achieved national recognition from The American Lawyer, the legal industry’s most prestigious independent publication. Morgan Lewis finalists for the publication’s Global Legal Awards included Grace Speights, leader of the firm’s labor and employment practice, who is among three finalists for Attorney of the Year. Grace is among the foremost lawyers in the United States assisting clients in the era of the #MeToo movement. The firm also was named a finalist in the Best Use of Technology category for its Parallex innovation, a revolutionary data analytics program; Best Client/Law Firm Team for the firm’s partnership with Aramark; and Best Law Firm Business Team for its business operations team.

A standout feature of Jami’s leadership has been her commitment to pro bono work that benefits the larger community in which Morgan Lewis offices are located. Last year, 100% of the firm’s lawyers worked on pro bono matters, while nearly all of the firm’s lawyers met the Morgan Lewis goal of committing 20 hours to pro bono work. The American Lawyer recognized Morgan Lewis as among the top eight firms in the United States in terms of its “breadth of commitment” to providing pro bono services and placed the firm among the top three internationally in the category. Each year, the firm also hosts a series of Community Impact Week events throughout its global network of offices, dedicated to supporting local initiatives. This year, under the theme “Helping Children Thrive,” the firm carried out more than 150 events to helping children, their families, and the nonprofit organizations that tirelessly support them.

Throughout her tenure, Jami has promoted increasing the diversity of the firm’s leadership, as well as client teams in the knowledge that heterogeneous groups working collaboratively inevitably produce better solutions. To this end, she launched the ML Women initiative, which harnesses the strength of the firm’s women through partnerships with clients and to create opportunities for women to come together around a shared industry or practice. Today women manage many of the firm’s practices and offices worldwide and serve in the most senior firmwide leadership positions. Diversity initiatives as well are strongly supported, providing provide opportunities and mentorships for lawyers of a multiplicity of backgrounds. The firm is particularly proud to be recognized for its commitment in this area, winning the Justice & Diversity Center’s Outstanding Law Firm in Public Service Award, and being listed by Law360 among the Top 10 Best Law Firms for Women.

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Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women

awarded since 2000

Applications are open for the 2020 Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women. Presented in conjunction with the Paradigm Award, this merit-based scholarship is awarded annually to women who are working toward an undergraduate degree. Download scholarship poster »

Applications are due December 2, 2019.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2019 Recipients

Shereena Carson
India Dallas
Sarah Decker
Rhoda Douglas
Alicia Fife
Shawna Moses
Ana Cristina Pichardo
Sotonius Quinn
Rashean Ramsue
Chevonne Tingle

2018 Recipients

April Alexander
Maureen Geiss
Brittany Halbsgut
Fatima Laghrissi
Musu Morris-Fello
Shyeema Robinson
Dana Rose
Anabel Salce
Jeanetta Thompson

2017 Recipients

Katrina Bryson
Katura Marshall
Janessa Morales
Bukola Ogunleye
Lynette Peterson
Angela Rojas
Nikiya Small
Kassy Walklett
Jowanna Williams-Parks

2016 Recipients

Melinda Adorno
Stephanie Brown
Pamela Cooper
LaCountess Ingram
Deborah Nicoletti
Yolanda Robinson
Jessica Warwick
Jessica Zmuida

2015 Recipients

Kathleen Austin
Chloe Bendistis
Angela Cirino
Dana Corley
Catherine Rogers
Jessica Ruiz-Lebron
Michelle Serious
Ashley Slowe
Maya Stewart

2014 Recipients

Suzanne Calabria
Deborah Clarke
Tonya Diggs
Carol Kemm
Rita Marie Pinto
Meghan Spurlock
Autumn Staats
Joi Tolliver
Jessica Zmuida

2013 Recipients

Jill Albright
Esther Andreessen
Theresa Clark
Michelle Gaspari
Nichole Harrison
Cheri Mitchell
Cherry Moragne
Janice Reid-Clarke
Chakeila Smith
Sharon Weeks

2012 Recipients

Constance Carty
Kristen Cashman
Tonya Diggs
Mary Houton
Joy Keys
Vanessa Reed-Price
Autumn Staats
Maureen Starkovich
Mali Thomas

2011 Recipients

Dana Jackson
Sharifa Jones
Mary Jane Massott-Doman
Jessica Mazzeo
Cheri Mitchell
Emily Montalvo
Mary Podgorski
Janet Sparks
Melissa Stewart
Deirdre Young-Bey

2010 Recipients

Michele Buchanan
Freya Chester
Amy Costa
Alexia Daniels
Ravesa Goga
Beth Haines
Vanessa Reed-Price
Nicole Reggia

2009 Recipients

Antoinette Bing
Donna Bonnett
Annette Clark
Michele Louden
Cerise McCall
Stacey Pinkney
Cassandra Summers

2008 Recipients

Josephine DiGregorio
Vicki Duncan
Kathleen Fabrizio
Dana Fink
Joanne Fleming
Kia Joynes
Mylinh Pham
Lori Rohrbach

2007 Recipients

Donna Bonnett
Renay Oberholtzer
Dorothy Reed
NazAarah Sabree
Susan Vinchiarello

2006 Recipients

Mary Dornblaser
Tiffany Green
Kia Joynes
LaDonna Lindsay-Fuller
Brenda Pawlak
Bridget Zarzoso

2005 Recipients

Donna Bonnett
Vanessa Gantt
Diane McCullough
Dorothy Oczkowski
Nyzinga Patterson

2004 Recipients

Edith Aponte
Carla S. Forrest
Deborah Hoffer
Nicole S. Lewis
Lisa Love

2003 Recipients

Julie Dolga
Janice Gerold
Nyzinga Patterson
Brooke Pfeilmeier
Niya Spells

2002 Recipients

Donna Carroll
Carla Forrest
Sheila Highsmith
Deborah Hoffer
Patricia Muraresku
Dorothy Oczkowski

2001 Recipients

Sharon Brown
Tameata Harris
Rupa Raghirsingh
Ruth Rosario
Sacha Williams

2000 Recipients

Connie Fraser
Marilyn Malin
Patricia Muraresku
Rena Rodgers
Janet Rosati
Linda B. Watson

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