Partridge Snow & Hahn partner, Melissa Darigan, was awarded the Women in Business Industry Leader Award for Professional Services at the Providence Business News Business Women Awards & Leadership Summit Thursday. In addition to being Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Practice, Melissa is President of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the state’s largest business or professional organization with more than 6400 members including lawyers in private practice, legal services agencies, government positions and as in-house counsel. She also serves as a mentor in the Firm’s Mentoring Program and co-founded WAVE (Women AdVocates for Enterprise), a PS&H initiative designed to help women in business advance professionally.
Asked what it means to win the award, Melissa wrote, “It is incredibly meaningful to be recognized as an industry leader in the competitive field of professional services. There are so many extraordinarily talented women in this state; it’s humbling to be selected as having this level of impact in my profession. My goal is to play an influential and impactful role in all that I do – not just to show up, but to engage, make something happen, advance the ball. This award is recognition that, at least more often than not, perhaps I am succeeding in meeting this goal. One thing for sure, it is not an invitation to rest on my laurels. I plan to show that I am worthy of this honor and to continue to “do something” over the next half of my career.”