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20th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, May 21st

Cipriani – 55 Wall St., NY, New York 10005



The A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award is named in honor of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., a pioneering civil rights advocate, author and federal appeals court judge.  In 2000, the Lawyers’ Committee established the Higginbotham Award to recognize exemplary corporate leadership with respect to advancing diversity and equal opportunity – particularly leadership in recruiting, retaining and promoting minorities in the workplace.

The annual presentation of the Higginbotham Award encourages corporations to reflect in their business and charitable practices the spirit of equal opportunity embodied in our constitutional democracy.  The Higginbotham Dinner is one of the largest gala events in the civil rights community, attracting nearly 1,000 attendees annually.

Honoring: David P. Abney, CEO, UPS

David Abney, who began his career as a part-time package loader in college, serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for UPS.  Previously he served as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing logistics, sustainability, engineering and all facets of the UPS transportation network that serves more than 220 countries and territories.  Abney is a Trustee of the UPS and Annie E. Casey Foundations, Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and member of the World Affairs Council and Business Roundtable.  He also serves as a board member for Macy’s, Inc. and Catalyst, working to accelerate and advance women, including women of color, into senior leadership and board positions. In 2019, Abney was awarded the Deming Cup of Operational Excellence from Columbia University and in 2018 was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.  He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Delta State University.

“Our company values have always prioritized developing and advancing all of our people throughout  their careers.  We cannot reap the benefits of a diverse workforce without doing everything in our power to ensure everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential,” -David Abney, UPS Chairman and CEO