Columbia Pipeline Partners LP, NYSE
Eagle Rock Energy Partners, NASDA
2010 to 2015Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee, Member of Audit Committee and Conflicts Committee
Texas Lottery Commission
El Paso Tennessee Pipeline Company, NYSE
2001 to 2003Member of Board of Directors
DePelchin Children’s Center
2000 to 2010Member of Board of Directors, Finance Committee and Executive Committee
United Way of Greater Houston
2008 to 2011Member of Board of Directors and Audit Committee
Q & A
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.
Unique combination of public company board service, large public company executive management experience and international law firm management experience. Extensive corporate governance and regulatory experience working with public companies and boards of directors.
Norton Rose Fulbright, Partner 2004-Present
Executive Committee Member Fulbright & Jaworski, 2008-2011
Member of 7-person Executive Committee responsible for strategic direction and profitability of law firm; combined with Norton Rose creating a 3800 attorney firm based in over 50 cities worldwide
Nationally recognized corporate and regulatory attorney
El Paso Corporation, 1989-2003
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, 2001-2003
Member of 6-person executive management team of NYSE, Fortune 50 international energy company
Managed $60M budget and legal department of 120 attorneys; led all aspects of $6B and $24B mergers
Trusted advisor to board of directors during period of unprecedented collapse of energy business, credit crisis, executive management turnover, contentious proxy fight and regulatory investigations
Eagle Rock Energy Partners, NASDAQ July 2010-Present
Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee
Member of Audit Committee
Member of Conflicts Committee
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
The University of Louisville School of Law, J.D. 1986
The University of Louisville, B.A., Political Science 1983