Jennifer Kennedy Park Honored by NOW-NYC

May 5, 2016

Cleary Gottlieb partner Jennifer Kennedy Park has been named by the National Organization for Women (NOW) New York City as a recipient of the 2016 Women of Power & Influence Award.

The award “honors exemplary women who have boldly forged their way to the top of their industries, breaking barriers along the way, and earning the title of pioneer and role model.”

“I think it’s a great recognition of all the work the firm has done and that I’ve participated in to creatively and constructively think about retaining and promoting women in the legal profession,” said Jennifer. “One of the pillars of Cleary Gottlieb is a commitment to diversity, and that means diversity across a number of spectrums, including gender. I couldn’t imagine Cleary not being a thought leader on issues regarding women.”

Managing Partner Mark Leddy said of the recognition by NOW, “Cleary Gottlieb is extremely proud that our colleague Jennifer Kennedy Park has been honored by the National Organization for Women with this prestigious award. Jen is not only an excellent lawyer and litigator, she is also a wonderful colleague and a warm and generous person. Among her many other achievements, Jen has energetically and effectively advanced the cause of diversity at our firm both by example and by her leadership and mentoring in the development of the firm's most important resource, its people.”

“Jennifer is an outstanding lawyer and role model,” said Meme Peponis, partner and chair of Cleary’s Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women. “During the last three years, Jennifer invested significant time and firm resources to elevate the discussions and efforts toward development of our female associates. Her contributions are yielding results and increasing the pool of talented female associates within the firm’s pipeline.”

Jennifer notes that it’s especially meaningful to be recognized by the National Organization for Women: “It’s a great honor to be receiving an award from the premier organization devoted to the advancement of women—it’s very humbling and flattering.”

Jennifer and the other 2016 honorees will receive their awards on June 22 at NOW-NYC’s annual gala.