Thursday, March 8, 2012

Meet Susan Bevill Livingston - 2012 Mildred Bell Johnson Award Recepient

Susan Livingston is an attorney in the Birmingham law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP. Her practice includes the negotiation of contractual arrangements, working with clients in the resolution of disputes and in finding practical business solutions. Her main areas of focus are coal and natural gas, construction of industrial facilities and retail electric service. She is a partner in the Energy Section and serves as chair for the Diversity Committee.

Livingston was honored as one of Birmingham Business Journal’s Top Birmingham Women in 2003, and one of the Girl Scouts of Cahaba Council’s Women of Distinction in 2004. She has served on the boards of the YWCA Central Alabama, Girl Scouts of North-Central ­Alabama and the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham. ­Livingston is a member of the Women’s Committee of 100, The Women’s Network and the Zonta Club of Birmingham.

Professionally, she is a member of the Alabama Law School Foundation Board, Alabama Law Institute and Board of the Women’s Section of the Birmingham Bar ­Association. Livingston is constantly developing her leadership skills and is a graduate of Leadership Alabama, Leadership Birmingham and the MOMENTUM women’s leadership program.

As a former troop leader, Livingston is thankful that Girl Scouts taught her the importance of serving others. “It gives one a sense of accomplishment and well-being, sometimes to the extent that you feel you are benefitting more than you are giving,” she shares. “Girl Scouts learn that at an early age.”

Though Livingston has been successful in her career and in the community, she counts her daughter, Elizabeth, who was also a Girl Scout, as her greatest accomplishment. Livingston is proud of her daughter’s self-sufficient spirit and is confident that she will grow into an adult who works to make our world a better place

Livingston  will be honored at the 2012 East-Central Women of Distinction on March 9. For more information, visit