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Breaking the Glass Ceiling at ACTEC


Contact: Rebecca Vandall

Washington, DC – March 8, 2022:  In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) released the video Breaking the Glass Ceiling at ACTEC, offering an inside look at how women can lead the charge of enabling an established professional organization to become more inclusive and diverse.

ACTEC Fellow Cynthia Lamar-Hart, chair of the ACTEC Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee, moderates a discussion between women who broke the glass ceiling within ACTEC. She is joined by ACTEC Fellows Rhonda H. Brink, who in 1985 – a time where women comprised only 3.2% of ACTEC Fellows – became the first female elected from the state of Texas; Carlyn S. McCaffrey, who in 2002 was the second female elected president of the College; and current ACTEC President Ann B. Burns, who in 2021 was elected ACTEC’s 9th female president. Our esteemed panel share their individual paths to leadership and offer advice to women wishing to excel as leaders and continue The College’s efforts in increasing diversity and inclusion.

For further information about ACTEC’s Planning for a Diverse and Equitable Future series, please visit

About The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Established in 1949, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national, nonprofit association of approximately 2,400 lawyers and law professors from throughout the United States and abroad. ACTEC members (Fellows) are peer-elected since professional reputation and expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, trust administration and related practice areas. The College’s mission includes the improvement and reform of probate, trust and tax laws and procedures and professional practice standards. ACTEC frequently offers technical comments with regard to legislation and regulations but does not take positions on matters of policy or political objectives.

About The ACTEC Foundation:  The ACTEC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel or ACTEC. The Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) that offers education to families and professionals and supports students interested in the trust and estate area of the law. Through continued financial support, The ACTEC Foundation offers professional development, scholarships and education for a number of important efforts, including legal education, educational support, public initiatives, legal publications and the student editorial board.

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