CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 14, 2010) -  MorrisAnderson, a leading financial and operational advisory firm, announced today that managing director, Kelly Beaudin Stapleton, is a Finalist in the "Best Executive - Service Business" category of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year for consideration in 54 categories honoring women executives, entrepreneurs and the companies they run. Stapleton was recognized for charting an inspiring course for women in business and achieving success in her demanding professional obligations, while remaining committed to public service and the care of her family.

"This prestigious honor is a testament to Kelly's commitment to excellence in both her professional and philanthropic endeavors," said Dan Dooley, chief executive officer of MorrisAnderson. "We are proud of Kelly's leadership and her dedication to advancing the careers of women in business."

During her first six months at MorrisAnderson, Stapleton helped re-launch the company's New York office with three other MorrisAnderson leaders and raise the Chicago-based company's profile on the East Coast, utilizing the relationships she developed as a United States Trustee. Stapleton also created an Unsecured Creditors' Committee practice at MorrisAnderson, resulting in MorrisAnderson being chosen to serve as the financial advisor to the Unsecured Creditors' Committee in the high-profile Mt. Vernon Monetary Management Corporation bankruptcy proceedings.

As the highest-ranking female executive at MorrisAnderson, Stapleton is committed to supporting and promoting women at all levels of business. Throughout her 15 years in the legal and financial advisory areas, she has mentored young women and served as an example of success in an industry dominated by men. Stapleton is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Women in the Profession Commission and was formerly its Chair. She is also an active leader in the American Bankruptcy Institute, serves on the board of directors of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and is a founder and board member of Keystone Weekend, a forum dedicated to addressing issues that impact the lives of individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

"It was harder than ever to be recognized as a Finalist in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business this year," said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. "Receiving a high score from the judges this year illustrates how well many women in business are doing despite the stiff challenges they face."

Stevie Awards for Women in Business winners will be announced during a gala at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York on Friday, November 12. Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists are available at

About MorrisAnderson
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Chicago-based MorrisAnderson has offices in New York, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Cleveland, St. Louis, Charlotte, N.C. and Minneapolis. The firm's service offerings include performance improvement, financial advisory, interim management, turnarounds, workouts, litigation support and insolvency services and wind-downs. MorrisAnderson emphasizes hands-on involvement for companies with $25 million to $500 million in annual sales.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at

Contact Information:

Lynn Sheka
(for MorrisAnderson)
T: (312) 447-2575