Topics:   Regulations & Legislation

Topics:   Regulations & Legislation

June 6, 2019

Aiming High Awards to Honor Legal Titans

June 6, 2019

Three extraordinary legal minds dedicated to corporate representation will be honored next week, bound by the distinction of being named one of three recipients of Legal Momentum’s 19th annual Aiming High awards. Being honored at a luncheon next week in New York City are Lucy Fato of American International Group (AIG), Jennifer Marre of Bank of America Corp. (BoA), and Pilar S. Ramos of Mastercard.

From Left: Lucy Fato, Robert M. Kaufman, Jennifer Marre, and Pilar S. Ramos

In addition, a special lifetime champion award will be presented to Robert M. Kaufman, a longtime Legal Momentum officer and board member, former president of the New York Bar Association, community leader and retired partner at Proskauer Rose. Legal Momentum describes Kaufman as a trailblazing legal advocate for the physical and economic security of women and girls, the very mission for which the nonprofit was formed in 1970 as the legal defense fund of the National Organization for Women.

Fato is executive vice president, general counsel, and the interim head of human resources at AIG. She was a 2018 NACD Directorship 100 honoree and recognized by Ethisphere Magazine for her dedication to promoting corporate ethics. She serves on several nonprofit boards including Advocates for Children of New York, Randall’s Island Park Alliance, and the Coalition for the Homeless.

Marre has been passionate about increasing opportunities for women and girls both inside and outside of the legal profession and financial industry. She joined Merrill Lynch in 2006 as general counsel of Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust Co., and in 2009 she assisted in the merger of the Merrill banks into BoA. She now serves as the lead counsel for the Bank of America Private Bank, previously known as U.S. Trust. The mother of three sons and a competitive ballroom dancer, Marre volunteers at mentoring programs for young women at BoA and in the community.

Ramos is general counsel, North America, at Mastercard, where she oversees all legal, regulatory, government, and franchise affairs for the company’s largest business unit. She believes that the advancement of diversity and inclusion is important for business and, more importantly, the betterment of society. Ramos speaks three languages; serves on the boards of the nonprofits LatinoJustice, YWCA Greenwich, and the US Council for International Business; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Since 2001, Legal Momentum’s Aiming High Awards have honored over 100 of the most powerful and respected men and women business leaders who have been allies in the fight for gender justice including such luminaries as Ellen Kullman, former chair and CEO of DuPont; Maggie Wilderotter, former chair and CEO of Frontier Communications; Heidi G. Miller, former president of JP Morgan International; Lois Juliber, former COO of Colgate-Palmolive; Denise M. Morrison, former president and CEO of Campbell Soup; Patricia Woertz, former CEO of Archer Daniel Midlands; Shelly Lazarus, chair emeritus, of Ogilvy & Mather; J. Michael Cook, former chair of Deloitte; Brad Karp, chair of Paul Weiss; and Bill Ford, CEO of General Atlantic.  

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