of women lawyers on corporate boards.
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The mission of DirectWomen is to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards. DirectWomen identifies leading women lawyers from around the country who are able to provide the experience, independence, and business judgment required for board effectiveness. Through its various programs, DirectWomen develops and positions women attorney leaders for board service. It also serves as a resource for companies seeking qualified women board candidates.
Who We Are
DirectWomen is a national nonprofit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards. Nearly 35% of DirectWomen alumnae have been elected to serve on at least one corporate board.
What We Do
DirectWomen hosts its Board Institute, Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon, and many regional programs and webinars. These events provide education and networking opportunities around the issue of women on boards.
Looking for a window into the boardroom? Join our distinguished panelists as they offer their insights into “the room where it happens.” Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of how to evaluate board service opportunities, and how to be a savvy and effective board member once in the boardroom.
The annual Board Institute is a key way in which DirectWomen fulfills its mission. The goal of this annual two-day program is to position an elite group of exceptional senior women lawyers for service as directors of major U.S. corporations.
Each year, DirectWomen identifies a small group of leading women lawyers from around the country to participate in the Board Institute based on an assessment of their ability to provide the experience, independence, and business judgment required for board effectiveness. The Board Institute provides working sessions designed to help participants develop their value proposition and personal board-search strategies.
At the Board Institute, the class meets with an extraordinary faculty comprised of CEOs, C-suite Executives, and directors of public companies to discuss key issues facing corporate directors about governance, corporate purpose, risk management, and other relevant topics. The class also meets with DirectWomen honorees and alumnae, many of whom have extensive board experience. The Board Institute also provides opportunities to learn from senior search firm executives.
Over 215 women have participated in the Board Institute over the past 17 years and provide a rich pool of director candidates.