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. 

2021 Honoree

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 and c-suite…

2019 Honoree

Linda Addison is an experienced independent director, chief executive, and global business leader. She is a member of the board of directors and Compensation Committee of Globe Life Inc. (NYSE: GL) (formerly Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK)), an S&P 500 company. Ms. Addison is also an…

2018 Honoree

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…

2017 Honoree

Alice Young joined the board of Yasuda Bank and Trust Company in 1988, Mizuho Trust and Banking Co. in 2000 and AXIS Capital in 2013.

Summary of Key Contributions

40+ years of business and legal experience in diverse industries advising multinationals and entrepreneurs in a global economy….

2016 Honoree

Anastasia D. Kelly (Stasia) is a Co-Managing Partner (Americas) of DLA Piper LLP (US). Ms. Kelly joined DLA Piper in 2010 after a fifteen year career as General Counsel in four leading public companies.

Ms. Kelly also sits on two public company boards, Owens-Illinois, the world’s largest…

2015 Honoree

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 Secretary for The Procter…


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 of Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (NYSE:

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Sheri H. Edison

Sheri Edison is General Counsel of Amcor Plc, a global leader in the development and production of responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal care and other

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Catherine Sazdanoff

Catherine is a board member and consultant with extensive global healthcare experience.  She is an independent director of the Board of Meridian Bioscience, Inc.  (NASDAQ: VIVO; audit  and nominating-governance committees),

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