The centerpiece of the DirectWomen initiative is the DirectWomen Board Institute, an annual two-day program providing an orientation and update on key issues facing current and future directors. The goal is to position an elite group of exceptional senior women lawyers for service as directors of major U.S. corporations.

Approximately 20 women attorneys are selected each year to attend the DirectWomen Board Institute. The Institute is Chaired by Professor Hillary A. Sale. The Institute faculty features leading experts on corporate governance and experienced directors. The program covers topics including the role and work of nominating and corporate governance committees, the evolving nature of shareholder relations, the strategic role of audit committees and the role of executive search firms in board searches. In addition, the Institute affords participants the opportunity to network with DirectWomen alumnae and honorees as well as top representatives of executive search firms.

Our next Board Institute will be held from October 18 to 20, 2017 in New York City. Please contact Beth Barefoot ( with any questions. 

Information about the application process for the 2018 Board Institute is available here. The application period for the 2018 Board Institute, which will be held October 10-12, 2018 in New York, is now open. Please contact Beth Barefoot ( for more information.

Click here to download the Class of 2017 Board Institute press release, which includes the names of our 2017 participants, here to view our 2016 Board Institute agenda, and here to view information about our Board Institute faculty.