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WWCDA Awards Program & Dinner Gala

In 2018, WWCDA launched the annual WWCDA Awards Program to recognize women and men who have made a difference in the White Collar area, including Defense, Government Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance. The awards will honor those whose efforts have enhanced white collar practice while making the field more diverse and equitable, or who otherwise have used their platforms to support women in the practice.  The four WWCDA Awards are presented annually in December at a Dinner Gala held in Washington, D.C.  See details below about the awards and previous winners.  Click here to review the Program Booklet from the 2019 WWCDA Awards Dinner Gala

Award nominations are being accepted until August 1.  The next WWCDA Awards Gala will be held virtually on December 1.  Please join us.  Details to follow.

Submit A Nomination

To nominate an individual or group for one of the four WWCDA awards by August 1, please complete the form online at the link below or print the pdf form below and send to awards@wwcda.org.

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Award Categories

The WWCDA Champion Award

The recipient of this award will be an individual who has made a difference or reached an achievement in the White Collar area — including defense, government enforcement, other investigations, or compliance — while advancing or helping women. There are no WWCDA membership or gender requirements for this award.

The WWCDA Group Award

This award will be given to a group from within a company, firm, or other organization that has demonstrated achievement in the White Collar area — including defense, government enforcement, other investigations, or compliance — while advancing or helping women. There are no WWCDA membership or gender requirements for this award.

The WWCDA Laurie A. Miller Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in White Collar Defense

In honor of the late Laurie A. Miller, this award will be given to a member of WWCDA who best exemplifies Laurie’s groundbreaking leadership in White Collar defense and in advancing women in the practice. Laurie was a founding member of WWCDA. This award was launched in 2018 when WWCDA surprised Co-Founder and Global Chair Karen Popp as the first recipient. 

The WWCDA Catherine M. O’Neil Mentoring Award

In honor of the late Cathy O’Neil and in commemoration of her leadership in and dedication to mentoring lawyers, this award will be given to an aspiring junior member of WWCDA. This award will include a continuing education stipend that has been fully funded by the law firm of King & Spalding, where Cathy was a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations Group. Cathy was the founding leader of the Atlanta Chapter of WWCDA.

Save the Date

The awards are given out at the WWCDA Awards Gala held annually in December. Please save the date for our virtual awards gala, which is December 1, 2020.

More Information

For more details about the Awards Program, Submitting a Nomination, the Dinner Gala, or Sponsorship Opportunities for the Dinner Gala, please send an email to awards@wwcda.org.

Crystal Awards

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2019 Award Recipients

Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White - Winner of the 2019 Champion Award

Olympus Corporation of Americas

Olympus Corporation of Americas - Winner of the 2019 WWCDA Group Award

Joan McPhee

Joan McPhee - Winner of the 2019 WWCDA Miller Leadership Award

Emily Ward

Emily Ward - Winner of the 2019 Catherine M. O’Neil Mentoring Award