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August 21, 2012

Arleas Kea Named 2012 Service to America Medal Finalist

Arleas Upton Kea, frequent speaker at Center for Women in Law events and alumna of the University of Texas School of Law, was recently honored by the Partnership for Public Service with a nomination for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal.  Nicknamed the ‘Oscars of Public Service,’ the Service to America Medal recognizes noteworthy federal employees whose hard work has made a positive impact on Americans everywhere.  “The Service to America Medal finalists epitomize the true spirit and value of public service,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service President and CEO, in a statement on the award’s website.

As a longtime leader in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Arleas initiated many programs directed towards improving employee support programs and benefits, making the FDIC one of the best places to work in government.  In addition, her work has set the bar for the Federal Government when it comes to partnering with women or minority owned businesses.  Arleas is a Management Excellence Medal Finalist in particular because of not only her positive response to the national financial crisis within the FDIC, but also her overseeing of a cultural change initiative which led to employees increasing satisfaction with their jobs. Arleas was recently featured in an article published in The Washington Post about her response as Director of the Administration Division of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to the 2008 financial crisis.

The Partnership for Public Service will announce the recipients of the award at a September 13th gala in Washington, D.C.

The Center for Women in Law congratulates Arleas on this well-deserved honor.