International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) Announces 2015 Founders Awards Winners

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Jennifer Meyerowitz and Justine Lau Take Top Honors, Outstanding Network Goes to Western Canada Network

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“IWIRC is so grateful for the contributions of our 2015 awards recipients,” said Beth Hansen, Esq., IWIRC Chair.

The International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC") is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Founders Awards. The honorees will receive their awards on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at IWIRC’s 12th Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Meyerowitz, Esq., a Vice President at Epiq Systems, will be awarded the Melnik Award for exceptional contributions by an IWIRC member. Justine Lau, a Senior Associate at Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong, will receive the Fetner Award for exceptional contributions by an international IWIRC member. The Western Canada Network is the winner of the Ryan Award for outstanding IWIRC Network.

“IWIRC is so grateful for the contributions of our 2015 awards recipients,” said Beth Hansen, Esq., IWIRC Chair. “Jennifer and Justine have worked tirelessly and are dedicated members who have helped not only the organization but mentored membership as well. We laud the Western Canada Network for its accomplishments of network growth and expansive educational and social programs for our members in that region.”

Meyerowitz, the immediate past-Chair of IWIRC, served as the Chair of the Georgia Network for 2 years and was instrumental in the creation of the Georgia Network in 2003. In addition, she provided valuable contributions in her tenures as IWIRC Vice-Chair and IWIRC Membership Services Director. Jennifer has conceived of and driven strategies that have led to the expansion of IWIRC, both in the U.S. and internationally, guided the organization’s vision, and has been a mentor and teacher to the IWIRC membership.

Lau, is an At-Large IWIRC Director and past Chair of the Hong Kong Network. Justine’s drive and commitment have resulted in the growth of IWIRC in Australia while she champions IWIRC in the Pac-Rim region. Furthermore, through her leadership, the Hong Kong Network expanded its educational programming and networking events resulting in increased membership and sponsorship.

The Western Canada Network has grown to include active chapters in three major cities. Despite the large geographic region the network covers, over 1 million square miles, Western Canada has successfully grown its membership to approximately 100 members through compelling and frequent educational and social programming. The network has accomplished all of this in just 4 years, under the leadership of the network Founders, Karen Fellowes and Mary Buttery.

To register for the 2015 Spring Meeting and join IWIRC in congratulating the winners, please click here.

About International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC):
IWIRC is committed to the connection, promotion and growth of women in insolvency and restructuring professions worldwide. Since 1994, IWIRC has been connecting women worldwide through a global membership of more than 1300 attorneys, bankers, corporate-turnaround professionals, financial advisors and other restructuring practitioners. The organization provides its members with relationship-building, educational, career enhancement and promotional opportunities. For more information, visit

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