Tamra Thompson Toussaint ’86, 2011 Leadership and Service Award

Tamra Thompson Toussaint, from your pro-bono legal work to your support of charitable endeavors, your life has been dedicated to service.

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Tamra Thompson Toussaint ’86
Tamra Thompson Toussaint ’86 and Cornell President Jonathan Brand.

Since your graduation in 1986 with degrees in politics, philosophy, and classical studies, you have lived up to your long-time aspiration of becoming a lawyer. In your work with Howrey LLP, you did pro bono work with child custody and homeless rights. Since 1999, in addition to your day-to-day responsibilities as chief counsel at Kimberly-Clark KCP Global, you’ve worked to encourage diversity of all kinds at the company, mentored others, and led efforts to improve sustainability.

Outside the company, you’ve been just as active, supporting the Children’s Restoration Network, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the Georgia Bar, and the Foster Care Support Foundation, among others. You’ve worked tirelessly on behalf of those in need—whether that need is financial, emotional, or professional. As co-chair of the Washington, D.C., Legal Community AIDSWALK Taskforce, you helped raise $250,000 for those with HIV and AIDS.

You’ve remained connected with your alma mater, as well, as a member of the Presidents Society, by hosting an alumni event at your home in Atlanta, and by serving as a mentor to two Cornell students interested in law careers.

All of this is in addition to your work at Kimberly-Clark, where you are in direct or indirect oversight of all lawyers in the global client division of the company. Tamra, for your success in the legal field and your dedication to bettering the world through charitable giving and direct service, we award you the Leadership and Service award.