Helen Kirkpatrick became the first woman in Northern Ireland to receive the accolade when it was given to her at the Institute's annual dinner last Thursday.
She was recognised for her contribution to both commercial and social organisations.
Ms Kirkpatrick is a non-executive Director of UTV Media plc and former interim Chairman.
She began her career as a chartered accountant quickly moving into management consultancy. Helen is currently a non-executive of Kingspan, Cause NI and UTV and works for the corporate finance division of Invest NI.