ANASTASIA D. KELLY AWARD
Anastasia D. Kelly personifies the phrase “Career Accelerant.” As part of her lifelong commitment to mentoring, she has counseled and guided countless women who have ascended to the highest levels in the legal department, the executive suite, and beyond. In recognition of that lifelong commitment to mentoring women, we are proud to create the Anastasia D. Kelly Award. Stasia Kelly is currently Co-Managing Partner (Americas) at DLA Piper.
Until the end of 2009 she was Vice Chairman in charge of global legal, compliance and regulatory functions, government relations, communications, corporate affairs and human resources at American International Group, Inc. (AIG). She joined AIG in 2006 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Senior Regulatory and Compliance Officer. Prior to joining AIG, Stasia was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MCI/WorldCom where she served as the Chief Legal Officer in the company’s restructuring from 2003 until its acquisition by Verizon in 2006. Prior to MCI, Stasia was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Sears, Roebuck and Co. Prior to joining Sears, she served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Fannie Mae.
Stasia’s long-term investment in the women she mentors is best exemplified by the impact that Stasia has had on the career trajectory of Carol Ann Petren. Stasia hired Carol as her deputy general counsel and head of litigation when the two worked together at Sears. Shortly after being hired as the General Counsel at MCI, Stasia hired Carol as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. As deputy general counsel, Carol’s duties were expanded to include managing litigation, regulatory matters, government affairs, compliance and legal department operations. In May 2006, Carol was hired as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CIGNA Corporation. This “Stasia and Carol” story is one of many at Fannie Mae, Sears, MCI, and most recently at AIG.
RODERICK A. PALMORE AWARD
Rick Palmore is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer of General Mills, Inc. Mr. Palmore joined General Mills in February 2008 from Sara Lee Corporation, where he was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary.
Prior to his tenure at Sara Lee, Mr. Palmore was a trial lawyer, specializing in commercial litigation and products liability defense. He previously was a partner with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago, which he joined in 1993. He also was a partner with Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon from 1986 to 1993, having joined that firm as an associate in 1982. His prior experience includes working as an assistant United States attorney in the Northern District of Illinois. He began his career with the Berkman Ruslander firm in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Palmore is a director of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He was a Director of Nuveen Investments during its time as a public company. Mr. Palmore currently serves on the board of the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis. He has been a board member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and the Public Interest Law Initiative. He also has been the chair of the Association of General Counsel and has served on the board of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
In 2004, Mr. Palmore authored “A Call to Action, Diversity in the Legal Profession,” urging general counsel to drive diversity by demanding results in the law firms with which they work as well as in their departments. More than 120 prominent general counsel made the commitment. The initiative has now developed into the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a collaboration between general counsel and managing partners, which was formed in May 2009. Mr. Palmore was chair of the LCLD board of directors from May 2009-August 2012.
Mr. Palmore received the Corporate Exemplar Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association in 2007, the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in 2006, the Scales of Justice Award from the Equal Justice Works Foundation in 2005, and the Excellence in Corporate Practice Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2003. He also has been recognized by The National Law Journal, Inside Counsel magazine and Corporate Board Member magazine as one of the most influential general counsels in America, including recognition in 2010 by The National Law Journal as one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade.
Mr. Palmore attended Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He received a juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School.