SOURCE: Strategic Counsel

June 18, 2008 09:00 ET

Cynthia McClain-Hill, Esq., Top L.A. Lawyer, Noted Public Policy Counselor, Chosen to Lead Nation's Largest Organization of Women-Owned Businesses

Known for Her Unique Tenacious Advocacy, Skill in Navigating Thorny Public and Private Sector Issues and Adeptness in Striding Over Bureaucratic Hurdles, Ms. McClain-Hill Assumes the Presidency of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO®) at a Time of Severe Economic Challenge for Nearly Every Business in the United States

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - Cynthia McClain-Hill, Esq., managing partner of Los Angeles-based Strategic Counsel PLC, has been installed as the president of McLean, VA-based National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®). She will serve in the organization's top post for 2008-2009. As NAWBO® president, Ms. McClain-Hill will represent more than 9,000 association members and serve as chief leadership advocate for nearly 11 million women-owned businesses in the U.S.

Ms. McClain-Hill said, "Women business owners, like our male counterparts, have been rocked by national economic circumstances far beyond our control. My job, and the ongoing work of NAWBO, is to help our members scale a mountain of frightening economic indicators and surf a tsunami of rising business costs and tightening credit that can easily capsize the sturdiest of well-run companies. I have no doubt we will be successful in the long run, but our members know we have our work cut out for us in the near term."

"This November, our nation will choose a new leader. NAWBO members, like our colleagues in business across the country, intend to make their voices heard in our national dialogue on key economic policies and business matters, like healthcare insurance affordability and accessibility. Before we all vote for our next President of the United States, it will be made abundantly clear where NAWBO members stand on the issues that concern them the greatest," Ms. McClain added.

Ms. McClain noted that women business owners are a unique segment of working women in business around the globe, "They are individuals who have their right feet on the accelerator of economic engines in their local communities and states," she said, "But they're also the ones who have to slam on the brakes when the long days are done, turn the closed sign in the window after business hours and return home to take care of their children and families; all the while, never losing sight of the need and desire of their employees to adequately support their children and families -- as the spiraling costs of food, fuel and healthcare slice away at their take-home pay and upend their household budgets."

"Women business owners have proven their might as powerful forces for economic, political and social good in America. As president of NAWBO, I dedicate myself to the task of safeguarding our position as the strongest voice for 10.6 million women-owned businesses and protecting our interests wherever economic power is brokered, public policy is crafted, and quality of life issues are debated and decided," Ms. McClain-Hill said.

Founded in 1975, NAWBO® propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. More than 30 years later, NAWBO® remains the only organization solely dedicated to the interest of women entrepreneurs in all industries. The organization's mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; to create innovative and effective change in the business culture; to build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and to transform public policy and influence opinion makers. For more information about NAWBO®, please go to:

Ms. McClain-Hill leads Strategic Counsel's land use, environmental law and regulatory practice, representing clients engaged in significant real estate development efforts or other land use related matters. In addition, she provides counsel on a variety of public-private partnerships and works effectively with local governments, guiding the firm's clients through California's complex regulatory maze, while deftly anticipating and navigating the sophisticated legal issues that arise. She has written numerous articles on these subjects for a Real Estate Law special edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Southern California's premier legal publication.

Ms. McClain-Hill has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of her exemplary business and civic leadership. She received the National Association of Women Business Owners "2005 Chapter Public Policy Advocate of the Year" award, the U.S. Small Business Administration's "Women in Business Advocate Award," the first annual "Ruth Standish Baldwin Award" from the Greater Sacramento Urban League in 2004, and the "Thurgood Marshall Award" from Minorities in Business Magazine in 2003. In an annual survey of more than 65,000 of her peers, Ms. McClain-Hill is consistently named one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers," a distinction reserved for the top five percent of the state's practicing attorneys. In September 2007, she was featured in ESSENCE Magazine.

Strategic Counsel is an interdisciplinary firm that uniquely blends legal expertise and experience with deep public policy insight and strategic communications capabilities. The firm's distinctly integrated approach is focused on providing forceful, proactive and proven representation in a way that protects the clients' interests while also advancing their long-term objectives. With Strategic Counsel, clients know they can count on a highly skilled team of lawyers, political experts and communications strategists to understand and resolve their complex business issues, and help them navigate the waters where law, business, politics and public perceptions meet. For more information, visit

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