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Inspirational Woman Award Reception: "Breaking Glass Ceilings - Excellence & Beyond"

Date:
March 23, 2021
Time:
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Category:
Events
Location:
Plummer Room, 8th Floor, Mary and John Gray Library
Details:

Join the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence as we shine a brilliant light on Lamar University's students, staff, faculty and alumni for their political involvement, development and leadership. This year's theme is Breaking Glass Ceilings: Excellence & Beyond with keynote speaker Belashia Wallace.

Belashia Wallace is a certified mediator, legal trial consultant, and the principal personal injury attorney of The Wallace Law Firm. Though known in the legal profession for garnering millions in settlements and verdicts, Belashia had an unexpected journey into the legal field.

Belashia grew up in Missouri City, TX and entered Lamar University in hopes of discovering a career path that merged her interests as a writer, speaker, and advocate. Whether it was serving as president of various student organizations, leading a Unity March to end the racial divide on campus, or working as editor-in-chief of Lamar’s student publications, she was actively involved. As the Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant Queen, she created mentorship programs for underserved girls in Beaumont. Proudly initiated into the Zeta Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Belashia was the Sorority’s spoken word orator for more than 10,000 members at their 100-year celebration, becoming the first undergraduate member whose speech was internationally published by the Sorority. Ultimately, Belashia sought to encourage women to maximize their full potential, leading her to be the founder of Woman to Woman, Lamar’s first women’s empowerment organization, which has had more than 1,000 members since its inception. She graduated magna cum laude at the top of her class from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where she was named as the #1 Student Leader for her record-breaking leadership and service in many of the nation’s highest organizations. This led her to become the first-ever law student recipient of the President’s Award of Merit through Texas’s highest administrative agency for attorneys. During her final year in law school, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office selected Belashia as one out of nearly 2,000 other applicants for their pre-commit position, where she served as the only Black female during her term.

Belashia began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting hundreds of cases before being promoted to work on a $2 million grant project for the State of Texas. She became the first to receive judicial honors for her trial victories and to also be awarded by the State’s Human Trafficking Division for her success in combating international sex trafficking. Belashia then accepted a position to serve as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 insurance company, where she received national recognition for solely defeating her opponents at every trial court level.

Belashia later opened her own personal injury law firm, The Wallace Law Firm, which represents victims in every county in Texas and has multiple office locations across the state. Outside of advocating for her clients, Belashia enjoys giving back to her community as a mentor and leader in many of the same organizations that provided opportunities to her. She hopes to encourage women to live out their dreams, no matter the odds, and to create paths for others along the way.


Observance: Women's History Month


 


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