Keri Lazarus Silvyn Named 2011 ATHENA Award Recipient
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Posted by: Kristen Wilson
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Tucson, AZ (September 22, 2011) – Keri Lazarus Silvyn, Partner
at Lewis and Roca LLP, was awarded the second annual ATHENA Leadership Award®
for the Southern Arizona region at an awards luncheon hosted by the Arizona
Small Business Association (ASBA) on Thursday, September 22, 2011.
Silvyn is a partner at Lewis and
Roca LLP, and has practiced in the areas of zoning, land use, real estate and
environmental law since 1998. She has made a name for herself as a leader in a
practice that is dominated by men, particularly land use and zoning law.
"Keri is truly an inspirational
leader,” said 2010 southern Arizona ATHENA recipient, Judy Clinco. "Her commitment to a regional vision is
guiding our community into the future. Her character and values epitomize the ideals of the ATHENA
The ATHENA Leadership Award® honors
exceptional women, and men, leaders worldwide who demonstrate the highest
levels of professional excellence, give back to their communities and, most
importantly, assist other women in realizing their full leadership
"Keri is absolutely deserving of this
recognition,” said Donna Davis, ASBA CEO.
"Her leadership and contributions to the community are exceptional. Keri’s energy and enthusiasm is
contagious and her sense of humor is greatly appreciated.”
Silvyn’s community involvement
includes being the visionary behind Imagine Greater Tucson (IGT), a community
based effort committed to making a better community for future
generations. She also serves as
the Chair on the IGT Board of Directors.
Through her work with IGT she meets with neighborhood associations,
environmental groups, businesses and other diverse community interests with the
goal of finding the foundational values that will unite the region.
Silvyn has also donated thousands
of hours of pro-bono work through her law practice including to the Florence
Immigrant Rights and Refugee Project, a nonprofit organization providing free
legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children detained by
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Arizona.
Committed to bringing up future
leasers, Silvyn speaks to women, at conferences and one-on-one, on achieving a
balance between career, community, and family. The wife and mother of three knows the difficult decisions
women must make when considering priorities and creating a healthy life
balance. Silvyn has also mentored
a number of young lawyers through her law firm and the Arizona Women Lawyers
The luncheon also honored the
2011 National ATHENA Award Recipient, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in her
native Tucson. Giffords, who is
currently undergoing rehabilitation in Houston, TX, was unable to attend the
event. However, Rob Barber, the Southern Arizona District Director for
Congresswoman Giffords, accepted the award on her behalf. During the presentation of the National
ATHENA Award U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Debbie
Wasserman Schultz shared their congratulations for Congresswoman Giffords via
The nine other finalists for the
Southern Arizona Award were:
Vicki Began, Vice President of Patient Services and Nursing at
Mary Darling, Owner of Darling Environmental and Surveying, Ltd.
Katharine Kent, President of The Solar Store.
Nancy Meech, Founding Partner of Heinfeld Meech & Co PC.
Marylee Pangman, Owner of The Contained Gardener.
Lesli Pintor, Senior Vice President of National Bank of Arizona.
Mary Rowley, President and Owner of Strongpoint Public Relations.
Dr. Soyeon Shim, Director of the University of Arizona’s John and Doris
Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Jan Woods, Hospital
Administrator and Co-Owner of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson.
ATHENA International – Founded
in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz, ATHENA International is a non-profit
organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders. The program inspires women to reach
their full potential and strives to create balance in leadership worldwide. The annual
ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented in over 500 communities in the United
States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
About ASBA – The Arizona Small Business Association
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and small business growth. ASBA is
the largest trade association in Arizona with over 10,000 member businesses and
a reach to over ½ million employees.
ASBA members enjoy access to significant group discounts, countless
opportunities to do business with each other, a wide array of insurance
products, and active advocacy efforts on public policy issues to protect their
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