2016 Recipient

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Where presented : 
Exemplar Award Dinner
Recipient(s) name: 
Louise Pentland
Recipient title: 
Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary
Recipient organization: 
PayPal Holdings, Inc.
Reason for selection of recipient(s): 

Since joining PayPal in 2015, Louise has expanded and invigorated the company’s legal pro bono program, which now promotes access to justice on a global scale in alignment with PayPal’s vision and mission of serving the needs of communities worldwide.

Committed to the principles of equality and fairness, she is raising the bar within the business world and the legal profession through consistent and vocal advocacy for increased diversity in America’s boardrooms and improved opportunities for women in law.

These professional accomplishments have occurred in tandem with an impressive personal dedication to making a difference in the lives of those most in need. At the Human Rights Initiative in Dallas, Louise advocates on behalf of unaccompanied children who have come to the United States in search of asylum, defending their rights and protecting them from unfair treatment within the justice system. In her local community, she works on behalf of women and children who are survivors of abuse.

Prior to joining PayPal, Louise spent almost a year away from the boardroom to focus her elite legal skills exclusively on pro bono activity. As characteristic of her leadership, she combines this commitment with her prominent role at a multibillion-dollar multinational corporation.