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Honorees Betsy Cohen and Aulana Peters spoke at the 2014 Board Institute

Since 2007, DirectWomen has awarded the Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award to thirty-five inspiring women. Since 2015, DirectWomen has also presented the Corporate Diversity Award and the Distinguished Alumna Award. In 2017, the Mary Ann Jorgenson Board Empowerment Award will be presented for the first time. 

To read about our honoree selection process, please click here.

To view biographies of our honorees, please click here

Success Stories

Ann Harlan

Ann joined the board of the Gorman-Rupp Company in 2009. Learn more

Deborah Golden

Deborah Golden joined the board of Midland States Bancorp, Inc. in 2015. Learn more

Kimberly Ellwanger

Kimberly joined the board of Heritage Financial Corporation and Heritage Bank in 2006. Learn more