John Winthrop Wright Ethics in Action Award
Welcome to SEE's John Winthrop Wright Ethics in Action Award page. With this award, SEE honors a leader who has authentically demonstrated ethical business or leadership practices. John Winthrop Wright founded SEE in 1995 and left a major donation from his estate to perpetuate SEE’s mission. Mr. Wright desired to promote internationally respected values such as-- fairness, respect, responsibility, caring, justice, honesty, courtesy, citizenship, and the principles of the Golden Rule. The Ethics in Action award is given in his name to recognize a business or community leader that demonstrates a commitment to ethics and character.
2021 Ethics in Action Recipient
Jennifer Morgan DelMonico
manufacturing, technology, medical devices, and health care. Her experience running a business provides a unique insight as she assists clients with their most difficult legal challenges.
She has tried several cases to verdict to judges and juries in state and federal court. She has represented clients in a variety of contexts, handling claims for product liability, negligence, breach of warranty, breach of contract, ERISA, environmental issues, patent infringement, copyright, trade secrets, and unfair trade practices.
Ms. DelMonico received a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Northwestern University in 1994, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1997. From 1997 to 2000, Jennifer was an attorney in the Product Liability department at King & Spalding in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Before becoming Managing Partner of Murtha Cullina, she served as Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department and Managing Partner of the Firm’s New Haven, Connecticut office.
In addition, Jennifer currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms. She is the Board Chair of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and the Immediate Past Board Chair of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce (GNHCC). She is the past Chair of Goodwill of Southern New England and the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of New Haven.
Her memberships include the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the Executive Committee of the CBA Federal Practice Section, and the New Haven Inn of Court. She is also a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, as well as the former Secretary/ Treasurer of the Foundation of the New Haven County Bar. In 2019, she was named one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in New England and one of the Top 25 Women Super Lawyers in Connecticut.
Jennifer has received numerous honors and awards, including the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Women of the Year Award, the Hartford Business Journal Women in Business Award, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Alumnus of the Leadership Center Award, the DuPont Minority Counsel Network Diversity Sponsorship Recognition Award, the MS Corporate Achiever Award. She also has received the Women in the Law High Achievers Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune and the Forty Under 40 Award from the New Haven Business Times.
Pictures of the 2021 Character Celebration below.
During the May 5th, 2021 Character Celebration, Larry Bingaman, President and CEO of South Central Conn Regional Water Authority and SEE’s 2019 Ethics in Action awardee introduced Jennifer DelMonico prior to presenting her 2021 award with Peter M. Donovan, Chairman of SEE.
Award Nomination Form
May 5, 2021 Celebration Luncheon
May 5, 2021 Character Celebration Invitation & RSVP and Sponsorship
Champions of Character
Past Ethics in Action Award Recipients
2019 Larry L. Bingaman, President and CEO of the South-Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
2018 John R. Ciulla, President and CEO of Webster Bank
2017 Merle Berke-Schlessel, President and CEO of the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
2016 Marna Borgstrom, CEO of Yale-New Haven Health System
2015: Oz Griebel, President and CEO of the Metro Hartford Alliance
2014: Cindi Bigelow, President and CEO of Bigelow Tea
2013: Mickey Herbert,
President & CEO of Bridgeport Regional Business Council, former CEO of ConnectiCare
2012: Archbishop William E. Lori, former Bishop of Bridgeport
2011: Curtis R. Welling, former CEO of AmeriCares
2010: Dr. John J. Ramos, Sr., former Superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools
2009: Dr. Susan Davis, President & CEO of St. Vincents Health Services
2007: James C. Smith, Chairman & CEO of Webster Financial Services