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 10 to 12, 2018 in New York City. 

The application period for the 2018 Board Institute is now closed. Please contact Laura Beth Hooper ( for information about applying for the 2019 Board Institute.

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