Myra Bradwell Woman of Achievement Award

The Myra Bradwell Woman of Achievement Award, the WBAI's highest honor named for the first woman to pass the Illinois bar, celebrates exceptional attorneys who illuminate their respective fields with outstanding prowess and dedication.

2023 Recipient


Andrea L. Zopp

May 31, 2023

Managing Partner, Cleveland Avenue

In her current role at Cleveland Avenue Ms. Zopp leads the organization’s work investing in and supporting minority and women entrepreneurs and their companies. Previously she served as President and CEO of World Business Chicago, where she led the organization’s mission of inclusive economic growth, supporting businesses, and promoting Chicago as a leading global city. Prior to joining WBC, she served as Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer for the City of Chicago.

Ms. Zopp has held executive leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies. She was General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer at Exelon Corporation and served as Senior Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Sears Holdings Corporation. Ms. Zopp also served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Sara Lee Corporation. As the former President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, she led the nationally-recognized organization's focus on expanding economic opportunity in underserved communities. Andrea also served as a federal and state prosecutor, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney and as the first woman and African American First Assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Zopp currently serves on the board of Relativity a global e-discovery and document management software company and has served on the boards of Urban Partnership Bank, Andrew Corporation, Chicago Police Board and the Henry Ford Health System. She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chicago State University and also serves on the boards of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, Federal Home Loan Bank Chicago and the Black Ensemble Theater. She received her BA in History and Science from Harvard University and her JD from Harvard Law School.

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2020 Recipient


Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton

Sept. 20, 2020


2019 Recipient


Stephanie A. Scharf

May 30, 2019


2018 Recipient


Tina M. Tchen

June 13, 2018


2017 Recipient


Hon. Ilana Diamond Rovner

June 8, 2017


2016 Recipient


Hon. Rita B. Garman

June 8, 2016


2015 Recipients


Patricia Hemingway Hall

June 4, 2015


Anne Pramaggiore

June 4, 2015


Theresa Mintle

June 4, 2015


Linda Myers

June 4, 2015


2011 Recipient


Lisa Madigan

June 9, 2011


2008 Recipient


Hon. Sheila M. O'Brien

June 5, 2008


2005 Recipient


Hon. Dawn Clark Netsch

June 2, 2005


2004 Recipient


Hon. Sheila Murphy

June 2, 2004


2003 Recipient


Pamela Strobel

June 5, 2003


2002 Recipients


Anastasia D. Kelly

June 6, 2002


Esther "Tess" Canja

June 6, 2002


2001 Recipients


Lt. Governor Corinne Woods

June 7, 2001


State Senator Lisa Madigan

June 7, 2001


2000 Recipient


Jeanne Hurley Simon

June 1, 2000


1995 Recipient


Esther Rothstein

1995


1994 Recipient


Hon. Ilana Diamond Rovner

1994