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.


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


1994 Recipient

Hon. Ilana Diamond Rovner