Nell Minow, co-founder of the Corporate Library—an independent research firm focusing on corporate governance—and co-author of Corporate Governance, delivered the keynote speech at the 15 th Annual Kate Stoneman Day, on March 3 at Albany Law School.
Minow, who has been named one of the 20 most influential people in corporate governance by Directorship magazine and "the queen of good corporate governance" by BusinessWeek Online, also received a Kate Stoneman award, given annually to individuals who are committed to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women in the legal profession.
Catherine Cerulli, a psychiatry professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Anne Reynolds Copps, an attorney in private practice, also received Kate Stoneman Awards.
The awards are presented in honor of Kate Stoneman, the first woman admitted to practice law in New York state and the first female graduate of Albany Law School in 1898. Previous winners span a variety of public and private practitioners, judges, and law professors, including Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Melissa Mourges, Mary O. Donohue and Lorraine Power Tharp.
Prior to co-founding The Corporate Library, Minow was a principal of Lens, a $100-million investment firm that took positions in underperforming companies and used shareholder activism to increase their value. She has authored more than 200 articles and co-authored three books. Minow was the sole recipient of the International Corporate Governance Network Award for exceptional achievement in the field of corporate governance in June 2008.