Inaugural Winners Announced: Women’s In-House Counsel Leadership Institute HORIZON AWARDS

Four General Counsel to be Recognized on October 5 for Advancing Female Leadership in the Legal Profession

Washington, DC, 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Network/ — Dedicated to the success of women corporate counsel at the highest levels of our nation’s most prestigious corporations,  the Women’s In-House Counsel Leadership Institute (WHICL) announced the recipients of its first-ever Horizon Awards. The inaugural awards ceremony will feature four individual awards designed to recognize key success areas of impact:  mentoring, advocacy, networking, and role models. The inaugural awards celebration will take place Wednesday, October 5 at the historic Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

“Women corporate counsel are on the verge of making historic strides in breaking through the barriers to take over  general counsel positions.  Three strategic trends help create this breakthrough:  1/ A wave of current sitting CEOs and general counsel are on the verge of retirement; 2/ General counsel “ready” women corporate counsel who are poised to become general counsel; and 3/ CEOs and general counsel have more sophisticated expectations for the general counsel candidate and the position,” said WIHCL’s Executive Director Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr.


WIHCL’s inaugural Horizon Awards dinner will honor general counsel and former general counsel – both men and women – who have mentored women who then became general counsel themselves, as well as women general counsel who have mentored other women to become partners in law firms. Award presentations and honorees will include:


The Bridge Builder Award

presented to  

Sloane S. Perras

Chief Legal Officer

The Krystal Co. and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina


The Hynes Catalyst for Tomorrow Award

presented to  

Juliette Pryor

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Cox Enterprises


The Sabatino Advocate Award

created in honor of

Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Aetna, Inc.

presented to  

Craig Glidden

General Counsel and Executive Vice President Law & Public Policy

General Motors



The Circle of Honor Award

presented to  

Christine A. Edwards

Partner and Chair, Bank Regulatory Practice

Winston & Strawn LLP

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer: Bank One Corporation  and Morgan Stanley


“The Horizon Awards Dinner is an opportunity to honor the thought leaders and seasoned executives who will accelerate the number of women who will become general counsel in the next five years,” added Johnson.


The inaugural Horizon Awards dinner is open to both members, non-members, and guests of  WICHL. Additional event details and registration information can be found on the organization’s site at Sponsorship and other donation opportunities are also available. Event registration questions may be directed to


About the Women’s In-House Counsel Leadership Institute

The Women’s In-House Counsel Leadership Institute (WICHL), founded in 2015, is the outgrowth of three years of successful initiatives focused on increasing the number of women lawyers in legal departments and, especially, in the general counsel role.  Through a combination of metrics, training, and advocacy, this 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization provides research, workshops, webinars, mentoring, networking, and awards, all intended to help women attorneys master the art and science of leadership as they accelerate their careers and move not only into key leadership positions in corporate legal departments but throughout major corporations.  Membership opportunities along with the organization’s latest programs and accomplishments can be found online at



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