DirectWomen is increasing the representation
of women lawyers on corporate boards.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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.

DirectWomen Announces 2021 Award Honorees

DirectWomen is pleased to announce its 2021 award honorees. DirectWomen looks forward to celebrating diversity in the boardroom and excellence in board service by presenting the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence, Distinguished Alumna, and Board Diversity awards to its distinguished honorees. Click here to read the press release.

Who We Are

DirectWomen is a national nonprofit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards. More than 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.

Upcoming Programs

Board Institute

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.

Success Stories

Juliette Pryor

Juliette Pryor is a skilled public and private company c-suite executive with 25+ years of business experience. She has deep experience in the board room

Read More »

Kellye L. Walker

Kellye Walker, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN), is a seasoned senior executive with over 25 years of

Read More »

Sarah C. Dodds-Brown

Sarah Dodds-Brown serves as Executive Vice President & Managing Counsel at American Express where she leads the U.S. Business Legal Group – a team of over

Read More »
[gs_logo theme="grid1"]