Nicole Stanton, managing partner for the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady LLP, last month was honored with the Ally Award from GLSEN Phoenix (, a chapter of the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students.

The Ally Award is presented to local heroes that have advocated for safe and respectful schools and created positive change for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Stanton is the founder of the anti-bullying initiative, Stop Bullying AZ, which partnered with ASU in 2014 to create the Dion Initiative on Child Well Being and Bullying Prevention.

“Nicole Stanton’s role in spearheading the Stop Bullying AZ campaign, as well as her leadership in establishing the Dion Initiative, has helped bring much-needed visibility to the importance of developing positive school climates where students are safe, affirmed, respected and valued,” said Ricardo Martinez, current Co-Chair of GLSEN Phoenix.

Stanton also was honored as the “Philanthropic Leader of the Year” at the 8th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards, which took place earlier this year at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix.

In the Phoenix community, Stanton serves as a founding board member and past president of the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum as well as a member of Chart 100 Women. She also is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching professional responsibility and serves as a member of the Business Court Advisory Committee.

A graduate of Valley Leadership Class XXIX, Stanton is a past YWCA of Maricopa County’s Tribute to Women honoree, in the Business Leader category. She also was honored as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Business” by AZ Business Magazine.


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