Press Release October 23, 2000

Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council Names 12 Leading Women

BOSTON — In celebration of women's contributions to society, Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council is pleased to announce the 2001 recipients of the Leading Women Award. Among the 12 individuals chosen for this award is Regina M. Pisa, Chairman and Managing Partner of Goodwin, Procter & Hoar LLP, one of the nation's leading law firms based in Boston. The women will be honored at the 9th Annual Leading Women Celebration on Monday, October 23, from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Ms. Pisa was only 42 when she became the first woman in the country to be named both Chair and Managing Partner at Goodwin Procter. Since then, her accomplishments have garnered accolades for her and her firm, and have earned her the respect and affection of her peers.

Established in 1992, the Leading Women Award recognizes women for their accomplishments and contributions to their communities and society. An inspiration to girls and women, this initiative also creates a unique forum for resource sharing, encouragement and role modeling.

Chosen from over 100 nominations, this years recipients join the ranks of previous awardees including Olympic athletes, corporate executives and community leaders, as well as high school and college students. The complete list of the 2001 Leading Women Awardees is as follows:

Marylou Speaker Churchill
Principal Second Violin,
Boston Symphony Orchestra

Geneva Evans
Board Chair,
Committee for Boston Public Housing

Jessica Leigh Geheran
Girl Scout

Judy George
CEO, Chairman and Founder,
Domain Home Furnishings

Deborah Heller, Ph.D.
President,
Heller Cunningham

Nancy Hopkins, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eileen McNamara
Columnist,
The Boston Globe

Bik-Fung Ng
Senior Communications Specialist,
City of Boston

Regina M. Pisa
Chairman and Managing Partner,
Goodwin, Procter & Hoar LLP

Aura Sanchez
Garfunkel Director, Dept. of Health & Human Services,
City of Chelsea

Lindsey Tai Thorne-Bingham
Girl Scout

Bennie Wiley
President and CEO,
The Partnership

Following the celebration, a Leading Women photographic exhibit will travel throughout the Boston area for an entire year. The exhibit, which will consist of portraits of the current Leading Women awardees in their respective workplaces, will be featured at South Station, the State House, Boston City Hall and the Boston Public Library, with other locations to be announced.

Serving one out of seven girls in the Boston area, the Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council includes members from diverse ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. The goal of Leading Women is to establish ongoing programming incorporating role modeling, career development, decision-making and goal-setting. Recognizing the diversity of women's achievements in today's world enables young women to expand their horizons, imagine their futures and reach their dreams. Positive role models empower the girls of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Contact Mary Jo Kane at 617-482-1078 for additional information on Patriots' Trail Girl Scouts and the Leading Women Awards.