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DirectWomen Featured in Law Practice Today Article

DirectWomen Chair Bobbi Liebenberg and Alumnae Peggy Heeg and Sylvia Kerrigan are all featured in a recent article posted to In the article, author Andi Cullins reviews the challenges women and attorneys face in joining a corporate board. The article also highlights the role DirectWomen's Board Institute can play in addressing those challenges. To read, click the link below.

Activist Investors Not Nominating Women Directors

Multiple recent articles have addressed the role of activist investors in increasing board diversity.

Equilar Reports Female Executives Aren't Making It Into the Boardroom

Research Firm Equilar Inc recently released a report which found that only 14% of female C-Suite executives serve on corporate boards. To read more, click the link below (Wall Street Journal subscription required).

Director Term Limits Help Boost Female Representation

A new joint study from the Cambridge Judge Business School and the 30% Club found that director term limits and corporate governance codes, not quotas, help boost female representation in top executive positions. To read more about the study, click below.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Backs Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act

On March 9, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that it is backing legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) that would create a diversity advisory group within the SEC to get more women on corporate boards. To read more about the announcement, click below.

Forbes: Four Things Every Female Leaders Should Know About Corporate Boards

A recent Forbes post reviews four things every female leader should know about corporate boards. To read the post, click the link below.

Report Finds Multiple Women in C-Suite Boost Profitability

A new report by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY finds that companies with at least 30 percent women in leadership roles may boost their net profit margins by about 15 percent compared with those with no female leaders. To read more, click the link below.

2014 Alumna Allison Leopold Tilley Elected to FBR & Co. Board

FBR & Co. (Nasdaq: FBR), a leading investment bank serving the middle market, elected 2014 DirectWomen Board Institute alumna Allison Leopold Tilley to its board, effective February 10, 2016. To read more, click below.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney Introduces Bill Requiring Disclosure of Board Diversity

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., has introduced a bill that would require public companies to report the gender breakdown of their directors to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and for the SEC to disclose that data in an annual report. To read more about the bill, click below.

2016 Board Institute Class Announced

DirectWomen is pleased to announce the members of its 2016 Board Institute, which will be held October 19-21, 2016 in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. To read the press release announcing the 2016 class, click below.

Peggy Heeg, 2009 Alumna, Joins Columbia Pipeline Partners LP Board of Directors

Peggy Heeg, a 2009 Alumna of the DirectWomen Board Institute, has joined the board of Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: CPPL). Peggy previously served on the board of Eagle Rock Energy Partners. To read more, click below.

Michelle Banks, 2015 Alumna, Profiled in ACC Docket

2015 DirectWomen Board Institute Alumna Michelle Banks was recently featured in an ACC Docket profile by Olga Mack and Carly O'Halloran Alameda. In the profile, Banks discusses the importance of having women in corporate leadership, the role of mentors in her success, and the importance of leading by example, pay equity, and board diversity. To read the full profile, click on the link below.

Sylvia Kerrigan, 2015 Alumna, Appointed to Team, Inc. Board of Directors

Sylvia Kerrigan, an alumna of the 2015 DirectWomen Board Institute, was appointed to the Team, Inc. (NYSE: TISI) Board of Directors in late December. To read further details about Sylvia's appointment, click the link below.

Board Institute Co-Chair Hillary Sale Featured in News Segment on Negotiation

Board Institute Co-Chair Professor Hillary Sale was recently featured in a TV news segment on how to successfully self-advocate in various situations, including interviews, salary negotiations, and pitches. To watch the interview, click the link below.

Bobbi Liebenberg and Stephanie Scharf Co-Author Study on Women-Led Litigation

DirectWomen Advisory Board Chair Bobbi Liebenberg and Advisory Board Member Stephanie Scharf recently co-authored a report on the status of women in lead counsel positions. To read a summary of the findings, click below.


Success Stories

Connie Collingsworth

Connie joined the board of Banner Corporation in 2013. Learn more

Peggy Heeg

Peggy joined the board of Columbia Pipeline Partners LP in 2016. Learn more

Robin Walker-Lee

Robin joined the board of Rexnord Corporation in May 2015. Learn more