Popp, a partner with Sidley Austin LLP, the sixth-largest U.S.-based corporate law firm, was honored with the award for her commitment to improving women’s positions in the workplace, both within Sidley Austin and in the broader arena of white collar defense and investigations. GIR commended Popp for her leadership in developing Sidley’s firmwide women’s program, forming the Washington, D.C. office’s Diversity Committee for racial, ethnic and LGBT communities, serving as the first chair of Sidley’s D.C. Women’s Committee and serving on Sidley’s task forces on Diversity and Women.
Popp also co-founded the Women in White Collar Defense Association in 1999, after noticing the distinct lack of female practitioners among presenters and attendees at the American Bar Institute’s annual National Institute on White Collar Crime. GIR credited Popp’s vision and “impressive leadership and interpersonal skills” for increasing the organization’s membership to more than 1,400 individuals in 30 chapters worldwide in less than 20 years.
Popp took over as chair of the Kenan Institute board in 2018.