Two Alumnae Honored at the 23rd-Annual Women’s Forum

March 3, 2015 —

Alumnae of diverse backgrounds, careers and aspirations gathered at the Women’s Forum on February 27 to share and build upon their experiences in the legal profession. While the event recognized the collective accomplishments of all Georgetown women in the law, two attendees — Elizabeth Abdoo (C’80, L’86) and Terrell McSweeny (L’04) — were singled out for honors and presented with the 2015 Alumnae Award for their individual work. 

“The award was created in 1998 and is bestowed upon alumnae in recognition of their contribution to the legal profession, to their communities and to the Law Center,” said Dean William M. Treanor as he commended this year’s recipients. 

Abdoo, executive vice president and general counsel for Host, Hotels and Resorts Inc., said she appreciates the law school’s commitment to excellence and the dedication to learning among the students, faculty and staff. “It served me well,” she noted.

Earlier in the day, Abdoo spoke on a panel of leaders in the private sector and advised young lawyers to take more risks and utilize effective messaging. “When you’re a lawyer you know the answers,” noted Abdoo. “The value in a message is how you’re perceived.”

As she accepted her award, McSweeney, a commissioner at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, congratulated the Law Center on providing a venue for women to connect. “We need support systems, we need mentors, we need sponsors,” McSweeney said, adding that such events as the Women’s Forum “are very important personally and professionally.”

McSweeney brought her mother, Dorothy, to the event and thanked her for hiring students from the Law Center to babysit her when she was a child. “From birth she raised my expectations and taught me to aspire to Georgetown Law,” McSweeney said.

Speaking to the students in attendance, Treanor highlighted the importance of building relationships. “This lunch is a great opportunity for you to meet and make connections [with] our astounding alumnae members. … I want to urge you to take the time to get to know these alumnae and learn from their success.”

This year marks the 23rd-annual Women’s Forum at the Law Center. 

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