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August 12, 2010

Vedder Price to host National Association of Women Business Owners Networking Breakfast

Vedder Price is honored to host the August 12 Members-Only Meeting of the Chicago Area Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). 

Founded in 1975, NAWBO represents more than 10 million women-owned businesses, the fastest growing segment of the United States economy. The organization boasts more than 7,000 members and 80 local chapters across the nation.

Vedder Price is a long-time sponsor of the Chicago Area Chapter of NAWBO and is proud to have been honored by the organization for outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in business. 

Vedder Price has a long-standing commitment to diversity and the promotion of women in the workplace. The Firm maintains and supports an inclusive culture in which individual differences among us are respected, appreciated and recognized as a source of strength for the Firm and valued as qualities that enrich the working environment and ability to serve clients. Among Vedder Price’s outstanding women leaders are:

  • Members of the Firm’s Board of Directors – Karen P. Layng and Cathy G. O’Kelly

  • The Chair of the Associate Evaluation Committee – Kelly A. Starr

  • The Chair of the Hiring Committee – Dana S. Armagno

  • The Chair of the Diversity Committee – Cathy G. O’Kelly

  • The Chair of the Litigation practice area – Karen P. Layng

  • Practice Group Leaders:

    • Gabrielle M. Buckley – Business Immigration

    • Danielle Meltzer Cassel – Zoning and Land Use

    • Karen P. Layng – Construction

    • Sara Stewart Champion – New York Executive Compensation

    • Denise L. Blau – New York Corporate

The Firm has a long-established Diversity Committee to ensure that efforts to promote and enhance diversity and a culture of inclusiveness remain a priority at Vedder Price.

  • The Firm is an early signatory to the Chicago Bar Association’s Call to Action on Women’s Leadership

  • Vedder Price is a founding member of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms

  • Vedder  Price has been recognized by Multicultural Law magazine as one of the Top 100 law firms in the U.S. for diversity initiatives

The Firm continually strives to enhance the diversity of the workplace and promote success for all people.


Dana S. Armagno

Operating Shareholder

Kelly A. Starr


Cathy Gonzales O'Kelly


Danielle Meltzer Cassel