The Center began in 1972 with an ambitious vision of its goals and mission. It was clear that exceptional leadership was required to achieve it.
Brooksley Born stepped into the role of Board Chair from the start, and she is, indeed, exceptional. Brooksley was one of the first female attorneys in the nation to address inequities in how women were treated under the law, one of the first female partners at the nationally known law firm Arnold & Porter, and later became Chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She remained a steadfast Board member throughout. Every year under Brooksley’s guidance, the Center has expanded opportunities and protections for women and, while the work is far from done, the Center has achieved extraordinary advances for women. Brooksley’s strategic vision and leadership have been indispensable.
In June 2014, Brooksley retired her Chair’s gavel. While she remains on the Center’s Board, it is time to recognize her exceptional leadership and to say thank you. In honor of Brooksley’s service, we created the Brooksley Born Innovation Fund, which will help ensure that we can be nimble and creative in addressing future challenges and launch innovative, cutting-edge projects.