14th September 2016
MSI's Illinois law member Levenfeld Pearlstein (LP) is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, Angela M. Hickey has been honoured by Profiles in Diversity Journal among its 2016 "Women Worth Watching".
Now in their 15th year, the national awards recognise female business leaders who make a difference in their workplace, industry and around the world.
In the legal profession, where women are underrepresented in leadership roles, Hickey has emphatically placed her stamp on LP. She has advanced to her current role all the way from an administrative position at another firm, doing so without the Ivy League education and connections that those in her position typically possess.
At LP, Hickey oversees LP’s business operations, leading through the philosophy that change can only be driven by trust, which comes from transparency, living out the value by conducting popular ‘Ask Angie’ town-hall sessions, inviting LP lawyers and staff to ask questions, provide feedback, and learn about firm planning. She has also played a major role in defining the firm’s core values, encapsulated in the LP Way – the business strategy that aligns firm initiatives, processes, and systems to ensure LP meets its primary goal of providing an exceptional client experience.
Angie has also created change, dedicating herself to transforming process improvement and the firm’s pricing strategy. Combining innovation and transparency, she developed an internal dashboard that provides key performance indicators to practice leaders and attorneys. This tool is critical to their management of clients, groups, and practices, and adds accountability.
In the ultimate sign of respect, Angie earned a seat on the firm’s two most influential governing bodies: its Executive Committee and Compensation Committee. She has used her influence there to broaden traditionally male-dominated perspectives and systems within the firm, and instituted LP’s Women’s Group. Outside the firm, she was also recognized as a “Woman to Watch” by the Illinois CPA Society in 2014.
Angie also believes in creating opportunities for others. She has overseen a true strategic partnership between LP and Chicago Community Kitchens, and devoted her personal time and talents to the Girls Scout’s Camp CEO, the Board of Advisors of the Catholic Charities of Chicago, and the Advisory Board for the College of Business at Governors State University.
“Though Angie would never say so herself, she really is LP. Not only has Angie been instrumental in creating many of the innovative business strategies and cultural elements that make our firm what it is, she also leads by example, modelling our values each and every day,” said Robert A. Romanoff, the firm’s managing partner. “I speak for all of Angie’s friends and colleagues when I say that she is truly deserving of this exceptional honour, and we couldn’t be more proud.”
This year Profiles in Diversity Journal recognized 162 women on its “Women Worth Watching” list. These leaders join the ranks of past winners, several whom have gone on to become CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and countless others who have moved forward to lead new business units, drive new markets, launch new ventures, and help develop the next generation of women leaders.
“Collectively, these women are forging ahead with global acclaim in strategies that are making a difference in their workplace, marketplace and around the world,” said Profiles in Diversity Journal publisher James Rector. “These leaders bring an array of life experiences and views that consistently produce a variety of new concepts and ideas.”
Recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the nation's most innovative mid-sized law firms, Chicago-based Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC provides legal and business counsel to sophisticated clients across a broad range of corporate, tax, real estate and litigation matters.
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