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LeeAnn Black
Chief Operating Officer
Latham & Watkins LLP

Gold Achievement Award

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Ms. Black is the Chief Operating Officer of Latham & Watkins, a leading global law firm with more than 2,600 lawyers in 30-plus offices across the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. For more than 20 years, she has helped lead Latham’s extraordinary growth, both in size and reputation. The firm serves major global businesses, earning international recognition for transactional, litigation, and regulatory legal services, as well as for an innovative approach to law firm management, client service, and pro bono and diversity initiatives.

A former Girl Scout, Ms. Black regularly draws on the leadership, courage, and confidence the program helped her to cultivate at a young age. She serves on numerous Latham governance committees, including the Executive Committee, the firm’s highest management body. Ms. Black is a member of the advisory boards for The Roundtable Collaborative, a group of 50 Chief Operating Officers representing law firms from around the world, and Thomson Reuters’ Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) initiative. She also serves as a board director of Pro Bono Net, an organization focused on increasing access to justice, and as the chair of the board of trustees of the Chapin School, an all-girls K-12 school dedicated to academic excellence, personal integrity, and community responsibility.

Before joining Latham & Watkins, Ms. Black was a Senior Auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1983-1987 in its Manufacturing and Service Industries Division. She is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and a member of the New York State Certified Public Accountants Association.

Ms. Black has been selected as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of the Tri-State Area by the National Diversity Council, a nonprofit organization that champions diversity and inclusion. She was recently named a 2017 Top 10 Legal Innovator for North America by the Financial Times.

On a personal level, Ms. Black is the youngest of six children and is the proud mother of three girls.

Dylan Dreyer
Weather Anchor, Weekend TODAY and Host, Journey with Dylan Dreyer
NBC

Gold Achievement Award

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Dylan Dreyer is the weather anchor of NBC News’ “Weekend TODAY” and a meteorologist for “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist.” Dreyer also serves as a weekday weather correspondent and regular co-host for “TODAY” and “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.”

She is also the host of “Journey with Dylan Dreyer” which airs Saturday mornings on NBC.

Dreyer joined “Weekend TODAY” in 2012 from WHDH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Boston, where she served as the weekday morning meteorologist on “Today in New England” since 2007. In 2008, she was named Boston’s Best Meteorologist by Improper Bostonian magazine. From 2005 to 2007 Dreyer was the weekend meteorologist at WJAR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island and from 2003 to 2005 she was the weekend meteorologist at WICU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Throughout the years, Dreyer has reported live for NBC News from some of history’s worst storms, including Hurricane Harvey, Boston’s record-breaking snowfall in 2015 and the North American polar vortex of 2014. She was also a part of the network’s extensive coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Dreyer graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. During her time at Rutgers, she served as weather anchor for the Rutgers TV network and radio station. Dreyer is a recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s prestigious Seal of Approval award.

She resides in New York with her husband and welcomed son Calvin in December 2016.

Follow Dreyer on Twitter @DylanDreyerNBC.

Christina Minnis
Co-Head, Americas Credit Finance Group
Goldman Sachs

Gold Achievement Award

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Christina Minnis has been at Goldman Sachs for 20 years and is currently global head of Acquisition Finance and co-head of the Americas Credit Finance Group. In 2004, she became a managing director and then in 2008, a partner.

Prior to her current role, Christina served as co-head of Leveraged Finance in the Americas and as co-head of the Healthcare Group in the Americas and as head of Corporate Finance for the Consumer Retail and Healthcare Group.

Her first role at Goldman Sachs was as a vice president in the Investment Banking Division (IBD), where she focused on leveraged finance deals primarily for the Financial Sponsors Group. She has also worked in the Fixed Income Division as part of Capital Markets focusing on industrials followed by healthcare. 

Christina currently serves as a member of the Firmwide Capital Committee, IBD Executive Committee and IBD Risk Committee.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Christina spent nine years at BT Alex Brown, where her last position was managing director in Corporate Finance.

Before beginning her career in finance, Christina graduated from Yale University with a BA in Economics, and earned an MM from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Yale’s School of Management. She and her husband, Jamie, have three children and reside in New York City.