Barnes & Thornburg attorney Tina Syring presents Jan Ballman with the 2017 Nancy A. Sullivan Award.

Barnes & Thornburg attorney Tina Syring presents Jan Ballman with the 2017 Nancy A. Sullivan Award.

Paradigm President & CEO Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, was honored at Barnes & Thornburg’s 6th Annual Women in Leadership – Exploring Pathways event on April 20th with the Nancy A. Sullivan Community Leadership Award.  Created in memory of beloved B&T Partner Nancy Sullivan,  the award recognizes a woman in the community who has “(A) Achieved the highest level of professional excellence; (B) Exemplifies commitment to her community by contributing her time and energy to improve the quality of life of others; (C)  Is dedicated to helping others, especially women, in realizing their leadership potential; and (D) exhibits the qualities of partnership, integrity and perseverance.

Jan was “surprised, grateful and humbled” by the announcement that she had been selected unanimously by the attorneys of Barnes & Thornburg as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious award, presented annually one of the largest women’s events in the Twin Cities.   Jan accepted the award by dedicating it to the memory of her youngest sister Lynne, who, “like Nancy Sullivan, was a strong, beautiful, kind, independent women who left us long before her time,” and pledged to “continue to give back to the community, in Ms. Sullivan’s honor.”

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IMG_9142 (002)Anoka, MN:  Paradigm Reporting & Captioning President and CEO Jan Ballman was pleased to present the 2017 Paradigm Scholarship to Lisa Knisley, Judicial Reporting student at Anoka Technical College.  Lisa explained in her scholarship essay that this is her second career, and stumbled upon the idea of court reporting school through a friend of a friend.  On-track to graduate from court reporting school this summer, Lisa aspires to enter the world of freelance reporting in the coming months, and eventually hopes to be able to transition to the CART/captioning world.  Lisa credits her time abroad as well as her running career with shaping her into the dedicated and goal-oriented person she is today.  As for her experience with Anoka Tech, she raved, “I have heard it said that Anoka Tech is the Harvard of court reporting schools, and I cannot argue with that statement.  I feel as if I have received a first-class education here and am proud of attending this program.”

Congratulations, and best of luck to you, Lisa!

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