DirectWomen is increasing the representation
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.

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

Kathleen Wilson-Thompson

Kathleen Wilson-Thompson is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Walgreen Co., headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. Ms. Wilson-Thompson joined Walgreens in January 2010. She

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Aleksandra (Aleks) Miziolek

Aleks Miziolek is a strategic global leader with significant international M&A and automotive, transportation and infrastructure sector experience. Aleks served as the Chief Transformation Officer

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Deborah Platt Majoras

Deborah Platt Majoras has had a diverse legal career, serving in the corporate, governmental, and law firm sectors.  She currently serves as the Chief Legal Officer and

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