NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dewey & LeBoeuf is pleased to announce that Chairman Steven H. Davis was named the 2011 Man of the Year by the YWCA-NYC. Partner Cynthia Shoss was also inducted into The Academy of Women Leaders Class of 2011. Both Mr. Davis and Ms. Shoss were honored at the YWCA-NYC's 38th Annual Academy of Women Leaders Salute Luncheon recently held at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.
"The YWCA-NYC is thrilled to welcome Partner Cynthia Shoss into our Academy of Women Leaders and Chairman Steven H. Davis as our Man of the Year at the Salute Luncheon. Dewey & LeBoeuf has partnered with the YW on a number of levels from working with our clients, to serving on our Board of Directors, to participating in various events. Under Mr. Davis' leadership, the firm truly embodies the YW's mission," said Jerome D. Grant, Vice President for Development & External Affairs.
Mr. Davis has long championed diversity and inclusion in the workplace, virtues that are central to Dewey & LeBoeuf's culture. At the firm, women hold a number of significant leadership positions, including serving as chair or co-chair departments and practice groups. Five women are members of the firm's Executive Committee, and Dewey's General Counsel and Chief Marketing Officer are also women. In three of the last four years, the firm was awarded the Thomas L. Sager Award for the Northeast Region by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), which recognizes a law firm that demonstrates national leadership and the highest sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of minority and women attorneys.
The Man of the Year award recognizes a senior ranking member of a corporation or firm who demonstrates a commitment to promoting diversity and the implementation of female focused initiatives. Past Honorees include Roger N. Farah, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation, and Kevin Burke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Edison, Inc.
Ms. Shoss is a Senior Partner and Co-Chair of the Dewey & LeBoeuf Insurance Regulatory Department. She counsels clients on transformative transactions such as demutualizations, mergers, conversions, restructurings and acquisitions. She has been recognized repeatedly as a leading lawyer in insurance transactional and regulatory matters, and Business Insurance named her one of its 25 "Women to Watch" in 2010.
Among her achievements, Ms. Shoss initiated the development of Dewey & LeBoeuf's Women's Initiatives Committee. She serves on the firm's Diversity Committee and other mentoring programs, and she chaired the firm's pro bono practice for a decade. She has served on and chaired the boards of leading industry associations and colleges as well as not-for-profit and legal services organizations.
The Academy of Women Leaders is a network of over 3,000 distinguished professionals and pioneers, many of whom were the first to break through corporate glass ceilings and rise to senior executives in their companies and industries.
The YWCA is one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the nation, dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women through service-oriented programs.
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