Anita Ponder was selected by the Chicago Business Journal as a 2015 “Woman of Influence”. In this inaugural year of the awards, the Chicago Business Journal aimed to identify women in the Chicago area who not only have successful business careers, but strong track records of paying it forward through community service and mentoring. Nominations were sought publicly in the fall and submitted by a variety of sources, including association partners, entrepreneurs, business owners and executives, from firms of all sizes. The winners were picked by a group of American City Business Journals editors, led by Mary Johnson, editor of Bizwomen. You can learn more about the awards here.
Ponder is a partner in the Government and Construction Contracts practice groups where she represents major corporations, small and mid-sized businesses as well as government agencies on complex issues involving government contracts and government procurement. She is also the Chair of Seyfarth’s Government Contractors Business Forum for established government contractors and consultants. She has received several awards for her significant contributions to the legal and business communities, including the 2014 Crescent Moon Award in Legal Excellence from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the distinguished Sage Award from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Women for Excellence and Leadership in forging the advancement of women in business, government and economic development. Ponder was also honored as a 2009 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United and is a past recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “Woman in Business Advocate of the Year” Award.
The Chicago Business Journal is part of the American City Business Journals media network, which provide comprehensive, exclusive coverage of local business in each market it serves. You can read more about the Chicago Business Journal here.