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. 

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, 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

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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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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Peggy A. Heeg

Peggy Heeg is an experienced corporate director and business leader who has served in executive and board leadership positions for numerous public and private companies. She has significant audit committee,

Robin Walker-Lee

Ms. Walker-Lee is an experienced executive and board director in the automotive, industrial, and construction industries, with expertise in complex corporate transformations. She is the retired Executive Vice President, General

Sarah Hlavinka McConnell

Sarah Hlavinka McConnell serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Xerox Corporation. Prior to joining Xerox, Ms. McConnell served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and