Center for Women in Law

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April 14, 2014

Arianna Huffington Keynotes 5th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Luncheon

On April 11, more than 530 alumni, faculty, students, and friends joined the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law for its Fifth Anniversary Celebration and Awards Luncheon.   The celebration featured Arianna Huffington as the keynote speaker and took place Friday, April 11th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin.  Huffington discussed the themes in her most recent book, “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder,” and how women can achieve both professional and personal goals by redefining what it means to be successful. All attendees received a complimentary copy of Huffington’s new book.

At the luncheon, the Center recognized the inaugural recipient of the Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award, Mary B. Cranston.  During her acceptance speech, Mary emphasized the important role that the “sisterhood” played in securing opportunity for her generation of women lawyers. Reflecting on the occasion, Cranston commented: “The Center for Women in Law has been the source of some of the most innovative and impactful leadership initiatives in law. It’s hard to believe it has only been around five years. Special thanks to Linda Chanow and the visionary founders of the Center.” Cranston’s full remarks were published by the Huffington Post Blog.

About Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington is the chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist and prolific author. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely read, linked to and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In 2013, she was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. In 2006, and again in 2011, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics.

About Mary Cranston
Mary Cranston is a retired senior partner and immediate past chair of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. In her eight years as chair, she expanded Pillsbury into an international platform through two of the largest law firm mergers in history. She has received numerous honors and awards, including being named “One of the Best Female Antitrust Lawyers in the World” by Global Competition Review, and in 2005 she was the recipient of the Margaret Brent Award, the American Bar Association’s highest award for women lawyers given for legal excellence and for paving the way for other women lawyers. She has been practicing complex litigation, including antitrust, telecommunications and securities litigation since 1975.

Also from the 5th Anniversary & Awards Luncheon

Mary Cranston’s HWCLA Acceptance Speech as featured in the Huffington Post

View photos from the 5th Anniversary & Awards Luncheon

5th Anniversary & Awards Luncheon event page