Friday, March 18, 2011

ANNUAL BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING AWARDS to honor Jacqueline Hodes of McDermott Will & Emery

Jacqueline Hodes is among the few female attorneys in prominent ranks in the private equity and mergers and acquisitions arena. She is currently a partner at the firm of McDermott Will & Emery, and she was the youngest associate promoted to partner within her firm. On average, women represent only15% of the partners at the largest law firms in the country, but the number of women who are merger and acquisitions attorneys is only 7%, and those who run private equity transactions are almost non-existent. This is largely due to the challenges women face when they choose to practice in this space, which often leads to them opting out of this type of law, or sometimes even opting out of practicing law at all. Anecdotally, less than 2% of the decision makers at private equity firms are women. She has been recognized and featured in Chambers USA as one of the leading lawyers in her field. In addition, she was honored for her unwavering efforts in assisting Holocaust survivors seeking reparations from the German government, both locally and nationally. Jackie serves as a mentor to summer interns and new associates and she is active in numerous Jewish, professional and community organizations. She continues to strive to achieve more, accomplish more and pave the way for other young Jewish women to join her in succeeding.

The Jewish Museum of Florida announced the winners of the annual "Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards" for six inspiring women who have been successful in fields generally dominated by men. The Award Reception and Ceremony will feature presentations made by the honorees describing the obstacles and inspirations they encountered on their individual journeys to success. The event will take place at the Museum on Thursday, March 24, 2011 beginning with a light dessert reception at 7:30 pm. The cost for Museum members is $15; non-members $20. For reservations, call 305-672-5044, ext. 3175 or



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