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2017 Best of the Boardroom Profile: DirectWomen Honoree Patricia Diaz Dennis

Attorney Patricia Diaz Dennis has fought to promote equality and protect human rights over the course of her career in both public and private sectors. Now, the former Assistant Secretary of State contributes her expertise, passion, and values in a variety of boardrooms.

March 2017 Update from Bobbi Liebenberg, DirectWomen Chair

In March 2017, Bobbi Liebenberg distributed an update to members of the DirectWomen community. The public text of that update is posted here.

Simmons First National Corp. Names DirectWomen Alumna Susan Lanigan to Board of Directors

Susan S. Lanigan of Nashville, Tenn., has been added to the Simmons First National Corp. (NASDAQ: SFNC) board of directors, it was announced today by George Makris Jr., Simmons’ chairman and chief executive officer.

A Bunch of Men Were Asked What They Think About Diversity on Corporate Boards -- The Answer Won't Surprise You

Some fresh data just came out on attitudes among corporate board members, and it says a lot about how far the business world has to go when it comes to breaking the old boys club.

Travelzoo Becomes the Only U.S. Listed Company with an 80% Female Board

Global travel deals publisher Travelzoo today announced it has become the only U.S. listed company to have 80% of its board of director seats held by women—the highest female-to-male ratio of any NASDAQ or NYSE-listed company.

A $2.5 Trillion Asset Manager Just Put a Statue of a Defiant Girl in Front of the Wall Street Bull

The world's third-largest asset manager installed a bronze statue of a defiant girl in front of Wall Street's iconic charging bull statue on Tuesday morning as part of its new campaign to pressure companies to add more women to their boards.

Diversifying the Boardroom: Mary Quazzo Discusses the Chief Legal Officer's Role

Quazzo is a strong advocate for diversifying the boardroom. She was part of the inaugural class of DirectWomen, a national non-profit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards, in 2007. Since then, she has continued to speak out about diversity issues and efforts.

DirectWomen Advisory Board Member Brande Stellings Quoted in Washington Post Article on New Wall Street Statue

"I feel like every other month a new study comes out that makes the case for gender diversity in corporate leadership,” said Brande Stellings, vice president of corporate board services for Catalyst, the nonprofit research firm. “But clearly the business case is not providing the motivation. To see important players like State Street say we’re going to be looking at this, and we’re going to be holding you accountable — I think that’s a significant development.”

Karyn Polak is Destroying Exclusivity

PNC’s deputy general counsel knows that when employees reflect the demographics they serve, both the community and the bottom line prosper.

The Work it Takes to Diversify the Boardroom

Connie Collingsworth explains how a change in the boardroom needs to come not only from inside, but from outside forces.

Bank of Montreal CEO on Diversity, Honesty, Their Ties to Lasting Value

Often, when male executives are asked why they champion gender equality in the workplace, they look to the women in their lives.

Women Don't Get to Run Top Board Committees

Women now hold about a fifth of board seats at big U.S. companies. That share has gone up over the past couple of decades; in 1999 just 11.2 percent of Fortune 500 board members were women. But what kind of roles and responsibilities are these women getting?

DirectWomen Alumna Connie Collingsworth Presented Distinguished Alumni Award by University of Nebraska College of Law

The College of Law presents annual alumni awards in the areas of distinguished alumna/us and outstanding service to recognize an outstanding graduate of the College of Law for rare distinction in professional achievement.

DirectWomen Alumna Connie Collingsworth to Participate in Panel Discussion at the International Women's Forum

The panel will be a part of a conference in Stockholm, Sweden entitled, "A More Sustainable World: Movements & Markets." Collingsworth will participate in the panel called "Solve Problems, Shape Opportunities," and will discuss how businesses, NGOs, and international organizations can contribute to development, paying particular attention to how targeted private capital can drive opportunity, especially for women.

ION Releases Annual Update of Women Directors and Executive Officers in the Regions

More than one-third of working women--nearly 28 million-- hold managerial positions in the US, stepping into critical leadership roles and leading innovation across all sectors of society.


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