Summitt at the 2012 SEC Championships
March 10, 2012
Knoxville, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's head basketball coach Pat Summitt was awarded the Alliance of Women Philanthropists' Brenda G. Lawson Legacy of Leadership Award at the group's annual Women and Philanthropy Symposium at the Knoxville Marriott on March 10, 2012.
The award was named for Alliance Executive Board member Brenda Lawson, a dedicated volunteer and supporter of the University of Tennessee Knoxville and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Summitt is the second recipient of the award; following its namesake, Brenda Lawson.
"It is indeed a great honor to receive this award from the Alliance," Summitt said. "Brenda Lawson is a successful, compassionate and driven business leader who has always shared her time and resources to benefit so many.
"Not only do I appreciate and celebrate her leadership, but I am truly honored to be selected for an award bearing her name."
The Alliance of Women Philanthropists was created to acknowledge the capacity of women to be influential donors to UT and to recognize them in more meaningful and personal ways. The Alliance takes pride in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of women leaders and their philanthropic efforts, community service, and volunteerism.
The Alliance created the Brenda G. Lawson Legacy of Leadership Award to recognize women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in these areas. This award is bestowed upon an exceptional woman who embodies the highest level of excellence in her work as a community leader and has devoted considerable time and energy to improve the quality of life for others at UT.
Nominations are submitted by the Alliance's Executive Board. Recipients must be a general member or executive board member in order to qualify for the award. The Legacy of Leadership Award recipient is voted upon by the Alliance of Women Philanthropists Executive Board members.
Committed to furthering the goals of the Alliance of Women Philanthropists
Supports the University of Tennessee through contributions of talent, time, and financial means
Dedicated to supporting UT in its instructional, research, outreach and fundraising initiatives
Educates, empowers, and inspires women to be philanthropic leaders at the University of Tennessee
Encompasses a variety of ideals including volunteerism, generosity, sacrifice, compassion, sensitivity, and humility