DirectWomen Board Institute faculty includes CEOs, Directors, and search firm consultants. Additionally, many of our Board Institute alumnae and Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award honorees come back each year to share their experiences and advice with each new class. For a full listing of each year's faculty members, please refer to the 2016 Tribute Book2015 Tribute Book2014 Program Book2012 Program Book2011 Tribute Book2009 Tribute Book2008 Tribute Book, and 2007 Tribute Book. Past Board Institute faculty included:


Alan L. Beller
Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Director, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire
President and Co-Founder, Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search

Gordon Bethune
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Continental Airlines, Inc.
Managing Director, g-b1 Partners
Director, Honeywell, Inc.
Director, Sprint, Inc.
Director, Prudential Financial, Inc. 

Herman Bulls
International Director and Vice Chairman, JLL
President & CEO, Bulls Advisory Group LLC 
Director, USAA
Director, Comfort Systems USA

Carter Burgess
Head, Board Recruiting Practice, RSR Partners

Connie R. Collingsworth
General Counsel and Secretary, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Director, Banner Corporation
Director, Premera Blue Cross

Mary B. Cranston
Retired Senior Partner and Immediate Past Chair, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Director, Chemours Company
Director, CSAA Insurance Group
Director, International Rectifier Corporation
Director, Visa, Inc.

Pamela Craven
Retired Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Avaya, Inc. 
Director, Amber Road, Inc.

Julie H. Daum
North American Board and CEO Succession Practice Leader, Spencer Stuart

Arnold W. Donald
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, Carnival Corporation
Director, Bank of America
Director, Crown Holdings, Inc. 

Cynthia Dow
Executive Search and Assessment Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates

Michelle D. Duguid
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Washington University

Lisa Fairfax
Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law 

Karen Fenaroli
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Fenaroli and Associates

Lauren Rich Fine
Partner, Howard & O’Brien Associates
Research Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Margaret Foran
Chief Executive Officer, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial, Inc.

E. Thames Fulton
Managing Director, RSR Partners

Elisa Garcia
Chief Legal Officer, Macy’s, Inc.
Director, Dollarama

Bonnie W. Gwin
Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Board of Directors Practice, North America, Heidrick & Struggles

Lee Hanson
Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles 

Susan S. Hart
Executive Search Consultant and Co-Leader, Global Retail, Apparel and Luxury Goods Practice, Spencer Stuart

Peggy Heeg
Partner, Member of Executive Committee, Norton Rose Fulbright
Director, Columbia Pipeline Partners LP
Commissioner, Texas Lottery Commission 

Stephanie Hildrebrandt
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Director, Rice Midstream Partners
Director, TRC Companies, Inc.

Janet Hill
Principal, Hill Family Advisors
Director, The Carlyle Group
Director, The Wendy’s Company
Director, Dean Food Company
Director, Echo360

Cynthia Jamison
Director and Chair, Tractor Supply Company
Director, Officer Depot

Mary Ann Jorgenson
Retired Senior Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Director, Anthony & Sylvan Pools Corporation

Stephen Joyce
Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director, Choice Hotels International, Inc. 
Director, DineEquity, Inc. 

Eileen Kamerick
Senior Advisor,
Director, Hochschild Mining
Director, Legg Mason Closed-End Mutual Funds
Director, Associated Banc-Corp

Stasia Kelly
Co-Managing Partner (Americas), DLA Piper LLP (US)
Director, Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Director, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Sylvia Kerrigan
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Marathon Oil
Director, Team, Inc. 

Mark Ketchum
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. 
Lead Director, Mondelez International

Ilene H. Lang
Former President & CEO, Senior Advisor, and Honorary Director, Catalyst Inc.

Susan S. Lanigan
Retired Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Dollar General Corporation
Director, Dolgencorp, LLC
Director, Kirkland’s, Inc.
Director, Simmons First National Corporation

Roberta Liebenberg
Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black

Susan Lyne
President of BBG Ventures
Director, Gilt Groupe
Director, Starz LLC

George Mackenzie
Retired Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Hercules, Inc.
Director, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. 
Director, Tractor Supply Co. 
Director, C&D Technologies, Inc. 

Deborah P. Majoras
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, The Procter & Gamble Company
Director, Valero Energy Corp.

Stacey Mobley
Retired Senior Counsel, Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Director, International Paper Company
Director, Nuclear Electric Insurance, Ltd. 
Director, HP, Inc.

Jean Paul Montupet
Retired Executive Vice President, Emerson Electric Co.
Director, IHS Markit, Inc.
Director, Wabco Holdings, Inc. 
Director, Lexmark International, Inc.

Stephen Newton 
Managing Director / Area Manager, Dallas and Houston, Russell Reynolds Associates

Julie Cohen Norris
Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International

Claudia Pici-Morris
Consultant, EgonZehnder

John W. Rogers
Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, Lead Portfolio Manager, Ariel Investments, LLC
Director, Exelon Corporation
Director, McDonald’s Corporation

Erika Rottenberg
Former Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn
Director, Twilio

Thomas L. Sager
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Hillary A. Sale
Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management, Washington University
Member, FINRA Board of Directors

Alan Schnitzer
Chief Executive Officer, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Suzanne Sinclair
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, State Auto Insurance
Founder and CEO, Sinclair Board Advisory Group Ltd. 

Lauren Smith 
Managing Director, Diversified Search

Brande Stellings
Senior Vice President, Advisory Services, Catalyst

Allan Tanenbaum
Of Counsel, Taylor English Duma LLP
General Counsel and Managing Partner, Equicorp Partners, LLC
Director, DSW, Inc. 

Sharon C. Taylor
Senior Vice President and Chair, Prudential Financial, Inc. 
Director, New Jersey Resources

Frances Fragos Townsend
Executive Vice President of Worldwide Government, MacAndrews & Forbes, Inc. 
Director, Freeport McMoRan, Inc. 
Director, Scientific Games Corporation
Director, The Western Union Company

James S. Turley
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ernst & Young LLP
Director, Citigroup
Director, Emerson Electric Company

Kim A. Van Der Zon
Partner, Egon Zehnder International, Inc. 

Elisse B. Walter
Retired Chairman and Commissioner, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Director, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Laura Weil
Founder and Managing Partner, Village Lane Advisory, LLC
Director, Christopher & Banks
Director, Carnival Corporation

John Welch
Retired President and CEO, Centrus Energy Corp. 
Director, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Marissa C. Wesely
Retired Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Coordinator, Win-Win Coalition

Anré D. Williams
President, Global Merchant Services and Loyalty, American Express

Mark S. Wrighton 
Chancellor, Washington University
Director, Brooks Automation, Inc. 
Director, Cabot Corporation
Director, Corning Incorporation

Al Zollar
Executive Partner, SIRIS Capital Group