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. 

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, 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 independent board member of KPMG LLP, the US audit, tax, and advisory firm. She previously served on the advisory board of Northern Trust Bank, N. A. Ms. Addison continues to

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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

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. 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

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Stasia D. Kelly

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 manufacturer of glass packaging and Huntington-Ingalls Industries, which designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the US Navy and the Coast Guard. At Owens-Illinois, Ms. Kelly

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Deborah Platt Majoras

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 & Gamble Company, which she joined in 2008. She also has served on the Board of Directors of Valero Energy Corporation since 2012. As CLO at P&G, she oversees a global legal department of nearly 600 lawyers and other professionals, responsible for the broad

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Juliette Pryor

Juliette Pryor is a skilled public and private company c-suite executive with 25+ years of business experience. She has deep experience in the board room of multiple corporations, providing key

Kellye L. Walker

Kellye Walker, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN), is a seasoned senior executive with over 25 years of experience helping publicly traded companies

Sarah C. Dodds-Brown

Sarah Dodds-Brown serves as Executive Vice President & Managing Counsel at American Express where she leads the U.S. Business Legal Group – a team of over 75 attorneys located in New