The mission of DirectWomen is to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. DirectWomen identifies leading women lawyers from around the country who are able to provide the experience, independence, business judgment and diversity required for board effectiveness and good corporate governance. It serves as a resource for companies seeking qualified women-attorney board candidates who will improve corporate governance and increase shareholder value.

Who We Are

DirectWomen is a national non-profit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards. Twenty-five percent of our alumnae serve on at least one large corporate board.

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What We Do

DirectWomen hosts its Board Institute, Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon, Annual Alumnae Conference, and many regional programs. These events provide education and networking opportunities around the issue of women on boards.

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Mary B. Cranston is a Retired Senior Partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an...Read More

Patricia Diaz Dennis serves on two public company boards: U.S. Steel and Entravision. She also...Read More

Gail Lione is a senior executive with business strategy, intellectual property, human resources...Read More

Alice Young joined the board of Yasuda Bank...Read More
DirectWomen is proud to present its 2017 Board Diversity Award to Visa, Inc. As of 2017, Visa had three women on its twelve-person board, two of whom are lawyers and former DirectWomen Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Awardees: Mary B. Cranston and Suzanne Nora Johnson. Three of ten members of Visa’s top management team were also women, including General Counsel Kelly Mahon Tullier. Visa’s recognition of the value women lawyers bring to its leadership team is an example of the message...Read More
Aug 17, 2017
State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), announced recent updates to the composition of its SSGA Gender Diversity Index (Index).
Aug 15, 2017
Incoming ABA President Hilarie Bass outlines the focus of her presidency with initiatives on reforming legal education; advancing women in the law; establishing a legal fact check program; and addressing the legal needs of homeless youth. Bass addressed the ABA House delegates on Aug. 14 during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York.
Deborah Golden joined the board of Midland States Bancorp, Inc. in 2015.
Susan Alexander joined the board of Invacare Corporation in 2016
Sheri joined the board of AK Steel in 2014.