Chicago – Mayer Brown Government & Global Trade partner Mary Richardson-Lowry has been named one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Illinois” by the National Diversity Council. The award was presented at the 2011 Illinois Women’s Conference in Chicago.  Ms. Richardson-Lowry was one of 14 leading women recipients from the business, professional services and legal community in Illinois.

“I am honored to be recognized alongside so many accomplished and dedicated women leaders in Illinois who are devoted to fostering diversity in the workplace,”  Ms. Richardson-Lowry said. “The award also underscores Mayer Brown’s commitment to diversity, which heightens our awareness of cultural issues and better equips us to respond to the challenges of serving clients around the globe.”

For many years, Ms. Richardson-Lowry has served as chair or co-chair of Mayer Brown’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, she volunteers time as the President of the Chicago Board of Education, a position to which she was appointed in 2010 by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.  She also has received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Abraham Lincoln Center, was selected as one of 50 “Women of Excellence” by the Chicago Defender and named to the Crain’s Chicago Business list of 100 Most Influential Women.

Ms. Richardson-Lowry’s practice focuses on public law. She represents clients on general commercial transactions principally related to government entities, including but not limited to telecommunications, transportation, municipal finance, local regulations, government regulations, land use, housing and urban development, waste treatment, education and issues of public administration.

The National Diversity Council, founded in 2008  is a non-profit organization that champions diversity as a business imperative.  It serves as the umbrella organization to support statewide and regional affiliates, which foster an understanding of diversity and inclusion as a dynamic strategy for business success and community well-being through various initiatives.