2019 Higginbotham Corporate Award Dinner
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.
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 – Black-tie optional
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Reception (by invitation only)
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM General Reception
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Higginbotham Dinner
The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. was a celebrated statesman, pioneering civil rights advocate, author, professor, historian and federal appeals court judge.
He served as a special deputy state attorney general, a special hearing officer for the conscientious objections for the United States Department of Justice, and a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission. He was appointed a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission by President Kennedy, the first African American so appointed on a regulatory commission. He was also the first African American to serve as a trustee at Yale University and a strong advocate for opening the University to women.
After being denied employment by law firms because of his race, Higginbotham founded the first African American law firm in Philadelphia, Norris, Green, Harris & Higginbotham. He later became head of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Philadelphia. Judge Higginbotham was a prodigious writer and lecturer. He wrote two highly acclaimed books, In the matter of Color: Race and the American Legal Process in the Colonial Period, and Shades of Freedom. In recognition of his efforts to promote civil rights and human rights, Judge Higginbotham was awarded among others, the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal.
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The 19th Annual Presentation of the A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award will go to Morgan Stanley. These honorees will receive the award on behalf of Morgan Stanley.
Shelley O’Connor – Managing Director and Co-Head, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Chairman of Morgan Stanley Private Bank
Andy Saperstein – Managing Director and Co-Head, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Managing Director and Co-Head, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Chairman
Morgan Stanley Private Bank
Shelley S. O’Connor is Managing Director and Co-Head of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Chairman of Morgan Stanley Private Bank. She is a member of the Morgan Stanley Operating Committee.
Ms. O’Connor has held a succession of senior leadership positions during her more than 30-year career with Morgan Stanley. These include serving as Head of Field Management for Wealth Management, with responsibility for the Firm’s network of approximately 600 branches and 16,000 advisors, and as Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley Private Bank.
She also served as Chief Administrative Officer for Wealth Management with responsibility for Risk Management, Technology and Operations, and as Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Client Coverage Group.
Ms. O’Connor joined the Wealth Management leadership team in New York in 2004 after a long career in Wealth Management branch offices culminating in her leading the Southwest Region for the Private Wealth Management business.
Ms. O’Connor serves on the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Catalyst and [email protected] She earned a BA from The University of California, San Diego.
Managing Director and Co-Head
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Andy Saperstein is Managing Director and Co-Head of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He serves on the Morgan Stanley Operating Committee and as a Trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, the firm’s charitable arm.
Mr. Saperstein previously served as Co-COO of the Institutional Securities Group, working across the ISG businesses and coordinating initiatives with Wealth Management. Prior to this role he held a succession of senior leadership positions in Wealth Management.
He joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 as COO of National Sales, and became Head of Wealth Management, including U.S. Private Wealth Management, following the initial acquisition of Smith Barney in 2009. He subsequently served as Head of Investment Products and Services.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Saperstein held numerous leadership roles at Merrill Lynch, including COO of the Direct Division, and was a partner in the Financial Institutions Group of McKinsey & Co.
He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a dual degree in economics and finance.