Mayer Brown announced today that Washington DC-based partner Elizabeth (Liz) Espín Stern was recognized in the Washington Business Journal (WBJ)’s 2016 Women Who Mean Business Awards. The award recognizes the most influential trail-blazing women in Washington DC and surrounding areas who have made differences in their communities.

In a profile by WBJ, Ms. Stern, the daughter of an Ecuadorian diplomat father, said immigration law grabbed her attention from the onset. She told the publication of an early moment in her career when an executive asked for help importing foreigners with technical skills to the country to quadruple the size of his company. That’s when he admitted to Ms. Stern he needed his immigration status updated, too.

“He came to me and told me, ‘You need to help me with forms because my status has expired, and I am worried that I will never be able to realize my dreams,’” she said in WBJ. “To have that personal aspect tie into the commercial, it was overwhelming to tell you the truth.”

Ms. Stern, now a seasoned leader in her field, sees an opportunity to cultivate fresh ideas in and out of law. In her profile, she said she is a big promoter “that women, people of different ethnic backgrounds, people of nontraditional backgrounds, [should] speak up and be vocal because it helps business to move.”

A founder and leader of global immigration practices for over 30 years, Ms. Stern helps companies establish global compliance and management programs to move their executive and professional work corps across borders around the world. She manages mobility-related HR disciplines and transactions, including visas, work permits and compliance and how immigration transactions interface with tax, employment, compensation and benefits, corporate formation, data privacy, export controls, and anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulation. 

See here for Ms. Stern’s WBJ profile and video interview.