The mission of DirectWomen is to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. DirectWomen identifies leading women lawyers from around the country who are able to provide the experience, independence, business judgment and diversity required for board effectiveness and good corporate governance. It serves as a resource for companies seeking qualified women-attorney board candidates who will improve corporate governance and increase shareholder value.

Who We Are

DirectWomen is a national non-profit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards. Twenty-five percent of our alumnae serve on at least one large corporate board.

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What We Do

DirectWomen hosts its Board Institute, Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon, Annual Alumnae Conference, and many regional programs. These events provide education and networking opportunities around the issue of women on boards.

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DirectWomen is proud to present its 2018 Board Diversity Award to ConocoPhillips. The ConocoPhillips board includes four women, including Jody Freeman, a woman lawyer and Harvard Law Professor. Two of the eight members of ConocoPhillips' top management team are also women, including 2017 Board Institute Alumnae and General Counsel Janet Langford Carrig. ConocoPhillips’ recognition of the value women lawyers in leadership positions bring to a corporation is an example of the DirectWomen message...Read More
Feb 22, 2018
There is power in connecting, and it’s not just about gender. Men and women alike can benefit from the power of connection. If you are a manager, encourage your employees to go to events where they can connect with others to remind them that they are not pursuing success and happiness alone. If you are a CEO, invest in conferences that help build up all members of your organization, regardless of where they sit in the organizational hierarchy.
Feb 20, 2018
Some 27 investors managing £10.5, including BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, and Japan’s GPIF, the biggest pension fund globally, have signed up to the 30% Club’s investor group to push for more women on boards in the UK, while investors have also backed similar efforts in Canada and Australia.
Sandra Phillips Rogers joined the board of MSA Safety Incorporated in 2017.
Stasia Kelly joined the board of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. in 2011 and the board of Owens-Illinois, Inc. in 2002.
Stephanie Hildebrandt joined the board of TRC Companies, Inc. in 2014 and Rice Midstream Partners in 2016.