The women of Widener Law welcomed former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham to the Delaware campus recently as speaker for the inaugural Widener Law Women’s Leadership Dinner.
The event, held Tuesday, May 1 in the Barristers’ Club attracted nearly 100 alumnae, staff, faculty and friends for networking, dinner and an inspiring speech.
Abraham, who served as the top Philadelphia prosecutor for 19 years, told the audience success can be built around four “Es.” Bring energy to all you do. Energize others. Be on the cutting edge of things. Execute your ideas.
“Women, you have to assert your authority,” she said. “Don’t set low limits, set high limits. Don’t be afraid to be competitive. That’s how you get ahead.”
In a speech filled with humor and in Abraham’s trademark no-nonsense style, the attorney – now a partner in Archer & Greiner’s Philadelphia Office – talked about the need for self confidence. Before the dinner began she moved about the room shaking as many hands as she could.
“You must learn to play the game more like men do,” she said, after waving her checkbook in the air and commenting on its power. She devoted part of her speech to encouraging philanthropy and giving to – and remaining in regular contact with – favorite charities.
Abraham formed Urban Genesis Inc., one of the first nonprofit foundations to operate within a district attorney’s office. It promotes community leadership and provides grants to fund projects that improve neighborhoods and help the needy. She also started the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement and Development Inc., or “I-LEAD,” a nonprofit that seeks to build long-term community wellness through leadership development.
Proceeds from the event benefitted three law school funds:
- The Esther Clark Lecture Fund
- The Christine McDermott Memorial Fund
- The Hon. Susan C. Del Pesco Scholarship Fund
“When women are philanthropists the sky is the limit,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons
said, noting a scholarship endowed by a woman in 1922 helped her attend law school. “Without her, it never would have happened for me.”
The law school is grateful to event sponsors DuPont, McCarter & English LLP, Pinckney Harris & Weidinger LLC, The Lien Resolution Group, PECO, and Golkow Technologies.