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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Mary B. Cranston is a Retired Senior Partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an...Read More

Patricia Diaz Dennis serves on two public company boards: U.S. Steel and Entravision. She also...Read More

Gail Lione is a senior executive with business strategy, intellectual property, human resources...Read More

Alice Young joined the board of Yasuda Bank...Read More
DirectWomen is proud to present its 2017 Board Diversity Award to Visa, Inc. As of 2017, Visa's board includes two women lawyers who are former DirectWomen Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Awardees: Mary B. Cranston and Suzanne Nora Johnson. Three of ten members of Visa’s top management team were also women, including General Counsel Kelly Mahon Tullier. Visa’s recognition of the value women lawyers bring to its leadership team is an example of the message of DirectWomen in action....Read More
Oct 16, 2017
On Friday, September 8, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer sent a letter to 151 companies seeking engagement around a range of disclosures regarding the race and gender of company directors, the creation of a standardized director skills matrix and details of those companies’ director evaluation and succession plans
Oct 13, 2017
For the first time in eight years, the percent of women on U.S. corporate boards declined last year. Despite more evidence about the benefits of the increasing the number women on boards (such as better decision making), and mounting pressure from groups like State Street Global Advisers and Blackrock to do so, the data suggest it will take until the end of 2055 to have board parity in the U.S. if we continue at the current rate.
Deborah Golden joined the board of Midland States Bancorp, Inc. in 2015.
Susan Alexander joined the board of Invacare Corporation in 2016
Sheri joined the board of AK Steel in 2014.