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Peggy Heeg

Peggy Heeg is a 2009 Alumna of the Board Institute. Her bio is available here


Columbia Pipeline Partners LP, NYSE (2016 - Present)

Eagle Rock Energy Partners, NASDAQ (2010-2015)

  • Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee
  • Member of Audit Committee and Conflicts Committee

Texas Lottery Commission (2015)

El Paso Tennessee Pipeline Company, NYSE (2001-2003)

  • Member of Board of Directors

DePelchin Children’s Center (2000-2010)

  • Member of Board of Directors, Finance Committee and Executive Committee

United Way of Greater Houston (2008-2011)

  • Member of Board of Directors and Audit Committee

How did you learn about your current board opportunities? Did active networking play a role?

Networking at a director’s conference let to the Eagle Rock opportunity

How has DirectWomen helped you achieve your board service-related objectives?

I believe that if I had not gone through the DirectWomen Institute I would not have obtained my board position.  The Institute helped me by 1) understanding the challenges that female attorneys face in obtaining a board position; 2) provided practical advice on how to obtain a board position, and 3) introducing me to an amazing network of successful women.  

What have been/were the most challenging aspects of establishing yourself as a director?  

It is difficult to establish yourself if you are the first woman on a board.  There is no doubt that having a female on the board changes the board dynamics and interactions.  

Which of your skills/attributes do you believe have been most instrumental in your board role(s)?

My understanding of business, ability to stay composed and knowledge of governance expectations have helped me become an effective board member.   

What specific events, people or tactics (if any) have helped your transition from career woman to board director?

The DirectWomen alumni group has helped me transition to board director.  I also have learned that it is important to have a regular dialogue with fellow board members between board meetings.  

What ongoing activities continue to develop/enhance your effectiveness as a director?

I stay on top of evolving risks and governance expectations.

What are your further short/medium/long-term board service objectives?

I would like to add one board position in the short-term.

What advice would you give to aspiring women directors?

It is easy to get frustrated when you are seeking a board position.  If you want to be on a board, stay focused on your objective and do not give up.  The practical reality is that there are very few board positions and many qualified individuals want to be on a board.  It is important to recognize that it may take time to get your first board position.  Stay focused, use your network and let people know that you are seeking a board position.

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