When we searched for a suitable location to photograph and video the 2017 class of Women of Distinction, the Museum of the American Revolution seemed like a perfect fit. The museum is Philadelphia's newest attraction, and it's deservedly getting much praise for its design and exhibits. We decided to theme this year's Women of Distinction "Revolutionary Women" – which is appropriate not only because of the setting of our photo shoot but also as a tribute to women who are indeed bringing innovation and change to their industries.

This year, we received nearly 200 applications for Women of Distinction – a Philadelphia Business Journal record. We received so many quality nominations that our only regret is that we couldn't name more to this year's class.

The nominees were judged on career accomplishments and community service. The 2017 Women of Distinction were honored at a special reception on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Sheraton Society Hill.

Kathy Jaffari is a recognized thought leader and seasoned practitioner of corporate law with concentrations in corporate governance and securities. A trusted adviser to public, private and nonprofit companies for more than two decades, she has advised on many key deals that have reached the multibillion-dollar range. She is a vice-chair of the board of governors for the Philadelphia Bar Association and recently served as chair of the business law section.

When asked what being a Woman of Distinction meant to her, Ms. Jaffari said, in part, "Being a Woman of Distinction means I am someone who cares about others and the community in which I live and work. Being a Woman of Distinction means I can pave a way forward for other woman to accomplish all that they desire."

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