IWIRC Announces 2022 Founders Awards Recipients
Jo Hewitt and Stuti Jain
Take Top Individual Honors 
Outstanding Network Goes to the Cayman Islands Network

Stanardsville, VA – July 18, 2022- The International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC") is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2022 Founders Awards.  Jo Hewitt, Alvarez and Marsal, London, will be awarded the Melnik Award for exceptional contributions by an IWIRC member.   Stuti Jain, Deutsche Bank, Singapore, will receive the Fetner Award. The award is presented to a member whose contributions to IWIRC have helped to fuel growth and expansion of IWIRC’s mission globally. The Cayman Islands Network is the winner of the Ryan Award for outstanding IWIRC Network.

The Founders Awards are named in honor of IWIRC's three founders, Selinda Melnik, an attorney, Laureen Ryan, a financial advisor and Martha Fetner, a banker.
“The Executive Board is pleased to recognize Jo, Stuti and the Cayman Islands Network as the recipients of the 2022 Founders’ Awards. These awardees have shown not only outstanding leadership within their respective networks, but are committed to continuing to advance the mission of IWIRC at the local, regional and global level” said Jennifer Kimble, IWIRC Chair and Counsel with Lowenstein Sandler, New York
Jo stated, "I never had the privilege of meeting Selinda but I have heard such wonderful things about her. To me she embodied everything which IWIRC stands for - …she opened doors for people, helped them forge the right connections and lifted women up….' That has absolutely been my experience since joining IWIRC which is the reason why I am so invested in the network as it gives me the chance to pay it back to others. Being recognised with this award by such fantastic leaders in the profession is a true honour."

"I am extremely grateful to be part of this IWIRC Community. IWIRC has been instrumental in fueling my growth, both, professionally and personally.  I truly believe in IWIRC’s motto - Be Inspired, Be Informed and Be Connected. The global reach has helped me Be Connected to the amazing network that IWIRC provides, some also very dear friends. These successful Women have also Inspired me to overcome my fears, i.e., participation in Panels at conferences. IWIRC’s partnership with networks like INSOL provide the platform to Be Informed of industry developments and foster one’s ability to undertake the professional role. I am honoured to receive this award and with the continued support of IWIRC and its collaborative network, I remain committed to continue my contribution in furthering IWIRC’s mission," Stuti remarked.
 "The IWIRC Cayman Islands Network is delighted to receive the Ryan Award, which recognises the extraordinary efforts of numerous women in recent years, who have helped to build IWIRC Cayman into an influential platform that can inspire, inform and connect women in the Cayman Islands insolvency and restructuring community, now and in the years to come." shared Gemma Lardner, Cayman Islands Network Board Chair. Gemma is a partner at Ogier in Grand Cayman.
All Founders Award recipients will be recognized at IWIRC's Leadership Summit in Minneapolis on August 5, 2022. The presentations will be recorded and posted on IWIRC's YouTube Channel.
For More Information Contact:

Amy Vulpio, IWIRC Communications Co-Director
215- 864-6250


Sara-Ann Wilson, IWIRC Communications Co-Director
T: 416-863-4402

About International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC): IWIRC is committed to the connection, promotion, and growth of women in insolvency and restructuring professions worldwide. Since 1994, IWIRC has been connecting women worldwide through a global membership of more than 1,900 attorneys, bankers, corporate-turnaround professionals, financial advisors, and other restructuring practitioners. The organization provides its members with relationship-building, educational, career enhancement, and promotional opportunities. Be Informed. Be Inspired. Be Connected. For more information, visit us at www.iwirc.com.
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