Juliette Pryor and Chang Oh Turkmani Receive 2016 Alumnae Awards

March 8, 2016 —

When Juliette W. Pryor (L’91, MSFS’91) came to Georgetown in the late 1980s, she was influenced by “incredible women who taught, mentored and inspired me” — including then-Dean Judy Areen; Professor and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.; Professor Elizabeth Hayes Patterson; Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the late Carol Lancaster of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. 

“Georgetown has had a big impact on my life, …” said Pryor, now the executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer for US Foods. “Just having a woman’s voice [in] the front of classroom and being inspiring, that was impactful.” 

Chang Oh Turkmani (L’86) recalled how for an “immigrant girl from Korea” to be able to come to Washington, D.C., in the 1980s to study at Georgetown Law was a “dream come true.”

“For me, Georgetown meant a lot more than a good-paying job…it meant so much more than a great title on my business card…” said Turkmani, an adjunct professor who is also the managing director at the Mega Company — where she serves as financial advisor and sovereign debt negotiator to various East European governments. “My law degree really empowered me…my law school gave me dignity and respect.”

Pryor and Turkmani were honored with the 2016 Alumnae Awards at Georgetown Law’s Women’s Forum on Friday, March 4. Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor and Marilyn Tucker, director of Alumni Career Services and International Internships, were on hand to present the awards, given for service to the legal profession, the community and Georgetown Law. 

The event also featured panels on legal issues in cybersecurity and challenges in international arbitration moderated by Mary Jane Wilson Bilik (L’90) and Professor Anne Marie Whitesell. 

“The fact that we have a distinguished group of women … who are experts in these fields is a real sign of growth and progress, … ” said Vice Dean Jane Aiken (LL.M.’85) in her welcoming remarks on why gender still matters in the workplace and beyond.  “Because of all of the things that you’ve done, you’ve made it easier for those who follow in your footsteps.”

For a full list of alumnae participants, click here. For full and biographies of the awardees, click here.

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