The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, a nonprofit membership association bringing together women in law firms and companies across the Chicago area, honored insurance policyholder partner Angela R. Elbert with an “Inspiration Award” during the organization’s annual leadership forum on Nov. 7, 2012. The award recognizes female attorneys who serve as an inspiration to other female attorneys, in addition to being exceptional lawyers.
Widely recognized as a pillar within the women’s business community, Elbert holds several leadership roles and is actively involved in many women-centric legal, business and charitable organizations. Through her leadership and mentorship, she has inspired countless women and women-focused organizations to achieve their true potential, both inside and outside of her law firm.
“Ms. Elbert stands for women and girls in all areas, going beyond the ordinary and stepping into the realm of truly inspirational,” said Betsy Sobiech, managing partner of Tiara International LLC who nominated Elbert. “She calls us all to step more fully into leadership and to do it in our own style, for the causes we are most passionate about and in partnership with our male counterparts.”
Elbert has held leadership roles for Step Up Women’s Network, the Coalition for Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms and at Neal Gerber Eisenberg itself, where she was instrumental in establishing the firm’s award-winning Women’s Network, a group devoted to promotion of business and professional development of women professionals.
Elbert accepted the award during the coalition’s Third Annual Leadership forum, an event designed stimulate thought, promote dialogue and propose workable solutions to improve gender diversity in leadership in the legal profession.
While accepting her award, Elbert shared some inspiring words with the audience on conquering fear and not letting it take hold of decision making. She left the group with a challenge “to make a decision for yourself that is maybe just outside of your comfort zone – as that is the sweet spot where you will most grow by facing your fears.”
“It was Eleanor Roosevelt, an inspiring woman who directed us to ‘do one thing every day that scares you,’” Elbert said. “What would you do with your life if you weren’t afraid?”