Ford & Harrison's Diversity & Inclusion Partner Dawn Siler-Nixon Receives Prestigious Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award

Date   Apr 30, 2012

Ford & Harrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce that the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Partner Dawn Siler-Nixon has been honored with the 2012 Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award given by the George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA).  The award was received at the jointly held National Bar Association 2012 Gertrude E. Rush Dinner and the George Edgecomb Bar Association Annual Scholarship Banquet, on April 19 in Tampa.

The Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award is given to an individual for their lifetime achievements related to improving the administration of justice, improving the lives of African Americans, and promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Siler-Nixon was chosen as the recipient due to her leadership positions within the community and the firm.  Elected partner in 2002, Dawn has led the firm's aggressive strategic plan for improving diversity and inclusion since 2005.  She is a member of the firm's Management Group and its seven (7) person Executive Committee, the Firm's highest governing body that sets policy and compensation.  Some of the more recent initiatives and successes have included a firm wide diversity training program, a "Partners in Progress" mentoring program for all associates, a pipeline initiative which includes a scholarship for a minority law students and an expanded minority mentoring network, collaborative efforts with diversity associations in each of our cities, and "Connections for Success," a mentoring program for the Boys & Girls Club of America's Southeast region "Youth of the Year" winners.

"I am truly honored to receive GEBA's Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award," commented Siler-Nixon, Ford & Harrison's Diversity and Inclusion Partner. "Diversity is important to me personally and central to our firm's culture through proactive leadership, dedicated mentoring and on-going professional development for our attorneys. I am pleased to see that our beliefs and efforts are being recognized."

About The George Edgecomb Bar Association
The George Edgecomb Bar Association is Tampa's largest predominately African-American voluntary bar association. Founded in 1982, in memory of the late Honorable George E. Edgecomb, the George Edgecomb Bar Association is dedicated to the promotion and recognition of African Americans within the legal profession and the judiciary. Today, the Association's 100 members strive to maintain the ideals and principles George E. Edgecomb embodied during his brief but productive life.