Rising Star Award

In furtherance of IWIRC’s mission, which is devoted to enhancing the professional status of women in the insolvency and restructuring profession, IWIRC has established an award for individuals who are the “Rising Stars” of IWIRC. IWIRC wants to recognize and honor the “Rising Stars” of the organization for their contributions to IWIRC. The Rising Star nominees may be attorneys, bankers, turnaround advisors, claims and noticing agents, academics or other restructuring industry professionals who are actively engaged in the restructuring industry, are located anywhere in the world, and who have shown dedication and commitment to IWIRC on the local, national and/or international level.

All nominees for the IWIRC Rising Star Award must be members of IWIRC. However, IWIRC membership is NOT a requirement to make a nomination. Nominations may be received from firms, companies, partners, associates, IWIRC Networks, IWIRC members, organizations or otherwise.

The IWIRC Rising Star Award will be presented to the woman who:

  • Has eight years or less experience in the insolvency & restructuring industry
  • Has been actively involved in promoting IWIRC – locally, nationally and/or internationally either through IWIRC Network or IWIRC Board leadership, committee participation, securing sponsors, planning programs, spearheading events, etc.
  • Has inspired, created, led and/or served on a Board of an IWIRC Network or committee
  • Has shown exceptional leadership
  • Has made an extraordinary contribution to IWIRC and/or an IWIRC Network
  • Has gone above and beyond ... and made a difference to the mission of IWIRC

We are looking for individuals that are relatively new to the restructuring industry who have made a marked difference with their involvement and achievements in IWIRC at the local, national and/or international level. Please feel free to think out of the box on this. We welcome all entries. Please consider those women who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to enhancing IWIRC and your local Network.

Five Semi-Finalists will be announced in early September of each year. All five Semi-Finalists will be invited to attend the Annual IWIRC Fall Conference where the winner of that year’s IWIRC Rising Star Award will be announced. The IWIRC Rising Star award recipient and all of the other Semi-Finalists (along with their supporting firms, companies, partners, organizations) will be recognized and presented with awards honoring their contributions and support of IWIRC.

Rising Star History

2020 Rising Star

To be announced on December 15, 2020!  Register to attend the virtual event at this link.

2020 Semi-Finalists

Isabel Arana de Uriarte, AlixPartners, New York
Veronica Chan, Tanner DeWitt, Hong Kong
Elizabeth Tramm Dechant, Roberts & Stevens, Asheville
Beatriz Faneca, Faneca Advogados, Sao Paulo
Nyana Abreu Miller, Sequor Law, Miami

2019 Rising Star
Lacey Rochester, Baker Donelson, Louisiana

2019 Rising Star Semi-Finalists
Rachel Biblo Block, Akin Gump, Dallas/Fort Worth
Stephanie Clark, AlixPartners, London
Alexis Leventhal, Reed Smith, Western Pennsylvania
Jo Tay, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore

2018 Rising Star
Christina Sanfelippo, Fox Rothchild LLP, Chicago

2018 Rising Star Semi-Finalists
Corinne Adams, Yumpkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, LLC, Maryland
Rachel Bengino, Thornton Grout Finnigan, LLP, Ontario
Veronica Brown-Moseley, The Boleman Law Firm, Virginia
Bodie Colwell, Preti Flaherty, Maine

2017 Rising Star
Camille Bent, BakerHostetler LLP, New York Network

2017 Semi-Finalists
Alexia Adda, Walkers, Singapore Network
Kimberly Brown, Landis Rath & Cobb LLP, Delaware Network
Jeannie Kim, Buchalter, Northern California Network
Helen Sevenoaks, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, Europe Network

2016 Rising Star
Eloise Fardon, Stephenson Harwood, Hong Kong Network

2016 Semi-Finalists
Valerie Batner Peo, Buchalter Nemer P.C., Northern California Network
Cara M. Porter, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern California Network
Alexandra "CC" Schnapp, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Georgia Network
Amanda Steele, Richards, Layton & Finger, Delaware Network

2015 Rising Star
Jodi Daniel Cooke, Stichter Riedel Blain & Postler, PA, Alabama and Florida Networks

2015 Semi-Finalists
Camille Bent, Stevens and Lee, P.C., New York Network
Emily Ladky, Hahn Loser & Parks, Northeast Ohio Network
Catherine Read, Walkers, Hong Kong Network
Gillian Scarlett, Gowling Lafluer Henderson LLP, Western Canada Network

2014 Rising Star
Lauren McKelvey, Wiley Rein LLP Co-Chair Washington DC Network

2014 Semi-Finalists
Kathryn Harrison, Campbell & Levine, LLC, Co-Chair Western Pennsylvania Network
Rebecca Petereit, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., Co-Chair Events/Fundraising Dallas-Fort Worth Network
Tara Schellhorn, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP, Secretary New Jersey Network
Jennifer Taylor, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Co-Chair Northern California Network

2013 Rising Star
Sarah Frankel, GCG, New York, Co-Chair New York Network

2013 Semi-Finalists
Kara Casteel, ASK LLP, Eagan, MN, Co-Chair Minneosta Network
Jodi Daniel Cooke, Beggs & Lane RLLP, Pensacola, FL, Co-Chair Florida Network
Leigh-Anne Raport, Ashby & Geddes, PA, Wilmington, DE, Vice-Chair Delaware Network
Charla Smith, Grant Thornton Limited, Calgary, Alberta, Western Canada Network

2012 Rising Star
Jennifer Kimble, Haskell Slaughter, Founder & Chair, Alabama IWIRC Network

2012 Semi-Finalists
Kimberly Bacher, Shaw Gussis Fishman Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC, Secretary, Chicago IWIRC Network
Rachel Lao, Hogan Lovells, Founder & Chair, Japan IWIRC Network
Christy Prince, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter LPA, Former Chair, Central OH IWIRC Network
Sage Sigler, Alston & Bird LLP, Co-Chair, Georgia IWIRC Network

2011 Rising Star
Monique Hayes, Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A. and Co-Chair of the Florida Network

2011 Semi-Finalists
Megan Adeyemo, Gordon & Rees LLP, Mountain Desert Network
Bess M. Parrish Creswell, Burr & Forman LLP, Gulf Coast Network
Alison Elko Franklin, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Georgia Network
Jennifer Kimble, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC, Gulf Coast Network
Joyce Ka Yee Lau, PricewaterhouseCoopers Business Recovery Services Group, Hong Kong Network

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2020 Rising Star Nominations Due by September 11, 2020

It is never too early to start taking notice of that Rising Star in your Network!  Be sure and nominate them for IWIRC's 10th Annual Rising Star Award by September 11, 2020 to give them the recognition they deserve! You may download a nomination form here.

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