Distinguished Alumna Award Honorees

The Distinguished Alumna Award honors a DirectWomen Board Institute Alumna who exemplifies the talents and accomplishments of our Alumnae and has joined at least one large corporate board since completing the Institute. 

Sandra Phillips Rogers

Sandra Phillips Rogers is a seasoned executive and public company board member with a breadth of experience strategically managing complex corporate issues, integrating business, legal and stakeholder relations to achieve successful outcomes.  Rogers is group vice president, chief legal officer, general counsel and corporate secretary for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (“TMNA”), where she directs strategy to help Toyota navigate significant business, regulatory and legal challenges while supporting its expansion as a global mobility company, one that is an industry leader in autonomous, connected and sustainable vehicle strategies…

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Kathleen Wilson-Thompson

Ms Wilson Thompson is the founder and operator of a human capital executive consulting firm, KWT, LLC with a client base of Fortune 50 companies. Ms Wilson-Thompson is also an independent Board Director currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Tesla, McKesson Corporation and Wolverine Worldwide. She is a former Board Director for Vulcan Materials and Ashland Global Holdings. She also is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Alumni

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Ann Harlan

Ann Harlan has extensive business and legal experience in consumer products and manufacturing business segments and has a reputation as a trusted advisor in the Boardroom. In her board appointments on both public and private company boards, she has led strategic planning initiatives, complex acquisition integration teams and c-suite succession planning. Since 2009, Ann has served as an independent director of the NYSE listed Gorman Rupp Company (ticker: GRC) where she has been lead director

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Linda L. Addison

Linda Addison is an experienced independent director and chief executive, currently building out her board portfolio with private and PE-backed companies. She is Lead Independent Director of Globe Life Inc. (NYSE: GL), an S&P 500 company, and a board member of Lexitas, an Apax Partners private equity portfolio company. She previously served as an independent director of KPMG LLP, the Big 4 US audit, tax and advisory firm, a privately owned partnership with annual revenues

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Connie R. Collingsworth

Connie Collingsworth is the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Legal Officer and an Executive Leadership Team member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest foundation with over $45 billion in assets. In this role, she oversees the foundation’s business operations, providing guidance and leading strategic planning to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness in support of the foundation’s mission. Ms. Collingsworth is a board member and Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee of

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Alice Young

Summary of Key Contributions 40+ years of business and legal experience in diverse industries advising multinationals and entrepreneurs in a global economy. Extensive knowledge of cross-cultural and international business and geopolitical relations, with a particular focus on Asia. Strong relationships with decision-makers, especially in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan. Independent Director experience at a NYSE – listed company and an international trust bank. Management experience in both start-up and mature corporate operations as

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Mary Ann Hynes

Global C-suite Leader, Board Member, Trusted Advisor Adept with private and public company board structures/cultures.    MBA; LLM, Taxation; JD A track record of consistently achieving innovative solutions for companies and

Annette L. Nazareth

Annette Nazareth is a Senior Counsel of Davis Polk & Wardwell. She also currently serves as the Operating Lead of a private-sector-led international Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets. Until

Marcia Backus

Marcia E. Backus is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer at Occidental Petroleum Corporation, where she is responsible for the company’s global Law and Compliance