University of Arkansas honoring FedEx exec

Connie Lewis Lensing
Connie Lewis Lensing

Memphis denizen Connie Lewis Lensing, an award-winning legal senior vice president for FedEx Express, will receive a Citation of Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, the University of Arkansas, at its Fayetteville gala in October.

Lensing earned her juris doctorate with honors from the University of Arkansas’ School of Law, serving as associate editor of the Arkansas Law Review. One of 25 honorees in Memphis Business Journal’s 2013 class of Super Women in Business, Lensing also lent her proficiency to MBJ’s "Mentoring Monday" event in April.

Having earned FedEx’s most prestigious award, the Five Star, on four occasions, Lensing currently serves on various boards and committees at the federal level, including those of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform as well as the National Civil Rights Museum. She co-chaired the National Civil Rights Museum’s 20th Anniversary Freedom Awards.

A strong cooperative spirit and a sense of humor have accompanied Lensing throughout her career trajectory along with her legal acumen. In response to a query regarding her motivation to achieve professionally, she quipped, “Fear of housework!” quickly followed by “Seriously, excitement to be part of a great company and working with an innovative and brilliant team.”

Additionally, Lensing keeps active in Memphis’ local scene, introducing guests to its downtown farmer’s market, the National Civil Rights Museum and outdoor amenities.

Past posts include leadership positions on the International Association of Defense Counsel, International Association of Women in Aviation and the FedEx Officers’ Diversity Board as well as numerous other organizations. A member of Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas state bars, and several federal circuits, she argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007.

Lensing will be honored by the University of Arkansas at its 72nd annual Alumni Awards Celebration at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Fayetteville Town Center.

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