20th Annual ADL Women of Achievement Awards Dinner

April 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Tuesday night I had the awesome pleasure to assist the wonderful Mr. Ron Gould of Ron Gould Studios photograph the 20th Annual Anti Defamation League Women of Achievement Awards Dinner.  Ron and I have shot this event for a few years together, and i look forward to it every year.  An amazing organization celebrating the achievement of extraordinary women = awesome time.  The Honorees of this years dinner were Maria Green of Illinois Tool Works Inc, Mary Ann Hynes of Ingredion Incorporated, Julie Smolyansky of Lifeway Foods, and Barbara Steiner of Jenner & Block LLP.  The evening was Emceed by Kathy Brock of ABC7.  Lori Cooper of the Chicago Police Department also  made an appearance on stage to say a few words about her experiences as a lesbian chicago police officer and how she turned her obstacles into accomplishments.  The highlight of the evening was when Julie Smolyansky’s (the obviously youngest of the female Honorees of the evening who holds the title of the youngest female to become CEO of a publicly held firm) two daughters around the ages of 3 and 5 stormed the stage as their mother took the podium.  Nanny and personal assistant chasing after them they broke through the adult brigade right up the stairs with hugs, flowers and admiration for their impressive mommy.  I was happy to spot Harrington College of Design Photography Alumni Linda Bergonia CEO of Follow Spot Media in attendance.  Check out the Follow Spot Media website to see the great things Linda and her team are doing. I’d also like to send out a Thank You to Sonya Jacobs of the ADL for hiring us for the event and also god speed on her new and upcoming endeavors in continuing her education in social services.



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