Notre Dame College to Present Inaugural Corporate Citizen Award to Margaret Wong

Notre Dame College will present its inaugural Corporate Citizen Award to Margaret Wong, Esq., civic leader, entrepreneur and internationally acclaimed immigration lawyer, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 1, at a luncheon in her honor at the Silver Grille located at The Ritz-Carlton, 1515 W. Third St., Cleveland.

Margaret Wong
Margaret Wong, Esq.

The Corporate Citizen Award recognizes an outstanding member of the community who lives his or her daily life with a commitment to education, a commitment to ensuring that financially underserved students have access to education and a commitment to modeling philanthropy within the community.

“Margaret Wong is a living example of what a truly good human being is and what our College stands for," said Notre Dame President Thomas G. Kruczek. "She has built her life around helping others."

"Having emigrated from Hong Kong to the United States at age 19, she knows firsthand what it is like to experience and adapt to new people, new cultures and new lifestyles. We have many students who face that uncertain, yet exciting, type of change when they begin college life. We have adopted the mission of serving many parts of the underserved population—students with learning differences, students who are the first in their families to attend college and students in need of financial aid—and Margaret stands as a role model for them to emulate," Kruczek continued.

Because of her personal experience as an immigrant, Wong combines qualities Americans admire: an immigrant's work ethic, an entrepreneur's drive, a keen sense of resourcefulness and the utmost compassion for those in need.

“I am so honored to receive this award. It provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce people to our religion, our faith and our school,” Wong said.

Since 1978, Wong has built Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC into a firm nationally and internationally renowned for its knowledge of immigration and nationality law. She is the current co-chair of the Immigration Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and chair of the Cleveland Bar Association's Immigration Law Section.

Based on her own experience of obtaining a green card and U.S. citizenship under U.S. immigration law, Wong recognized early that companies and individuals need sound guidance in this highly regulated and sometimes frustrating regulatory area.

She founded her law firm with one desk and no secretary in 1978. Today, her practice includes 10 attorneys and 35 other staff members and offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. She is admitted for practice in Ohio, New York, Illinois, Georgia, the District of Columbia and Michigan.

Wong has won numerous awards for philanthropy, business acumen and influence on community leadership; she also received the highly coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998 for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the multicultural fabric of the United States.

Her unselfish support of humanitarian causes has always made a priority of helping those less fortunate and the underserved populations who often cannot or do not know how to fend for themselves in navigating life, especially immigrants to our country.

She is a civic leader who educates and inspires others. Committed to giving something back to the community and to mentoring young professionals, Wong has volunteered her time and expertise on boards of many diverse organizations, including Notre Dame, where she is an emerita member of the Board of Trustees.

Among numerous accolades, she has been recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” (Inside Business Magazine), “Super Lawyer” (Cincinnati Magazine)—a distinction reserved for the top 5 percent of lawyers—and has been listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America.”

The public is invited to join in this celebration of Wong the lawyer, civic leader, philanthropist and person. Proceeds from the event will go toward financial aid for deserving Notre Dame students, 40 percent of whom are the first in their family to pursue a college degree. . Ninety-eight percent of Notre Dame students receive financial aid, and serving the underserved populations are part of the College’s mission dating back to 1922.

A variety of sponsorships are available for the event. To become a sponsor or for information on purchasing a ticket, please contact Maureen Ischay, executive director of development at Notre Dame, at 216.373.5335 or


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 23 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or



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