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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Jan 19, 2018
St. Louis public companies have more women on their boards than a year ago, putting them ahead of their peers nationally for gender diversity.
Jan 19, 2018
Women can be highly effective serving on the boards of publicly owned Silicon Valley companies — once they get there. Here, female board members talk about how business can make that happen.
Deborah Golden joined the board of Midland States Bancorp, Inc. in 2015.
Susan Alexander joined the board of Invacare Corporation in 2016
Sheri Edison joined the board of AK Steel in 2014.

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