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Alabama Power general counsel named one of the ‘2022 Women Who Shape the State’

Alexia Borden, Alabama Power senior vice president and general counsel, has been named one of the 2022 Women Who Shape the State.

The annual award, presented by Alabama Media Group and its affiliated media platform, This is Alabama, highlights women who are making a major, positive impact on the state. The 26 women honored this year represent a wide range of professions and fields.

“It is an honor to share this recognition with so many inspiring women,” Borden said. “I’m proud to play a part in continuing to elevate the state and all of its citizens.”

More than 300 women were nominated for this year’s honors. A panel of Alabama Media Group leaders and This is Alabama journalists reviewed the nominations and selected the honorees.

“For the past eight years, This is Alabama has honored women who are shaping our state in big ways, and the 2022 honorees exemplify intelligence, leadership and fearlessness,” the media platform said in its announcement. The women were honored at a luncheon last week.

Borden was elected Alabama Power senior vice president and general counsel in 2017. She provides legal counsel to company leadership and oversees the Ethics and Compliance, Legal Services and Risk Services teams as well as the corporate secretary’s office, among other responsibilities.

Borden earlier served as vice president of Governmental Affairs, in which she was responsible for all aspects of the company’s governmental affairs at the state level. Before joining Alabama Power, Borden was in private practice and a partner at a regional full-service law firm.

Borden earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Borden is actively involved in the community. She serves or has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Birmingham Zoo, Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts and the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. She is also a member of the Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board and the Georgia Tech ISyE Advisory Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Alabama, Leadership Montgomery, the Alabama Leadership Institute and Signature Leaders. She and her husband have two sons.

“My greatest challenge as a woman in a leadership position has been the constant struggle of keeping one foot firmly planted at the office and one foot at home,” Borden said. “My goal is to be fully present as a mom to two young boys when I’m at home, and to be fully present as the general counsel of Alabama Power when I’m at the office. I’m fortunate to have a company and a boss who understand that challenge.”

“We’re so honored to celebrate another impressive group of Alabama women and were thrilled to bring back the Women Who Shape the State event in person,” said Elizabeth Hoekenga Whitmire, vice president of Audience for Alabama Media Group and head of This is Alabama.

“These women are making their communities better places to live in a variety of ways, and we want as many people as possible to know their stories.”

Learn more about all the 2022 honorees here.