National Association of Professional Women Announces Leslie Bender, ARS’s Vice President of Risk Management and General Counsel, a 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

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Leslie Bender is recognized as a NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

NAPW honors Leslie Bender of ARS National Services Inc. as a 2015-2016 inductee into the NAPW VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. With more than 700,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters, NAPW is the nation's leading networking organization exclusively for professional women.

“I’m pleased to welcome Leslie into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “She has used her expertise to build a successful business enterprise.”

Leslie Bender, IFCCE, CIPP/US, CCCO, is a past President of ACA International. She served as ACA’s President for the term of 2013 / 14, and as an Officer of its Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015. Ms. Bender is located in San Diego, California and serves as ARS’s Vice President of Risk Management and General Counsel. She is a frequent motivational speaker and compliance educator and has been honored for her contributions to the consumer financial and healthcare industries by credit, collections, healthcare and banking associations as well as the US Small Business Administration.

In addition to being an attorney, Leslie is a trained mediator who works on corporate, compliance, privacy, transactional, credit and collections matters. She is an engaging corporate trainer with over thirty years’ experience working with financial institutions, collection agencies, governmental and regulatory bodies. Recognized as a national expert on HIPAA and other information privacy and security laws, she was one of the first privacy officers internationally accredited as a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame.

NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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