History

Founded in 2007 as a project of the American Bar Association, DirectWomen maintains its 501(c)(3) status through the Tides Center, an umbrella organization for non-profits. Catalyst and the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession continue to be important strategic partners for DirectWomen. With the assistance of Catalyst, DirectWomen’s network has grown to include over 150 Board Institute alumnae, 35 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award honorees, and a vibrant group of volunteers, including CEOs, directors of large public companies, executive search firm principals and other leaders of the business community.

Successes

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the alumnae of our first seven Board Institutes serve on at least one large corporate board. DirectWomen alumnae who currently serve on large corporate boards include:

Susan Alexander joined the board of Invacare Corporation in 2016
Peggy joined the board of Columbia Pipeline Partners LP in 2016.
Deborah Golden joined the board of Midland States Bancorp, Inc. in 2015.
Elisa joined the board of Dollarama, Inc. in 2015.
Sheri joined the board of AK Steel in 2014.
Connie joined the board of Banner Corporation in 2013.
Ann joined the board of the Gorman-Rupp Company in 2009.
Kimberly joined the board of Heritage Financial Corporation and Heritage Bank in 2006.
Julie Janson joined the board of Ohio National Financial Services in 2017.
Susan Lanigan joined the board of Simmons First National Corporation in 2017. She is also on the board of Kirklands, Inc. and Dolgencorp.
Mallun Yen joined the board of RPX Corporation in 2017.
Kathleen Wilson-Thompson joined the boards of Vulcan Materials Company in 2009 and Ashland Global Holdings in 2017.
Suzanne Folsom joined the board of Advanced Metallurgical Group in 2017
Kathleen Franklin joined the board of Bank of the Ozarks in 2017.
Mary Cranston joined the board of Visa in 2007. She is also a director of MyoKardia, CSAA Insurance Group, and Chemours Company, Inc.
Stephanie Hildebrandt joined the board of TRC Companies, Inc. in 2014 and Rice Midstream Partners in 2016.
Sylvia J. Kerrigan joined the board of Team, Inc. in 2015.
Catherine Sazdanoff joined the board of Meridian Bioscience, Inc. in 2015.
Robin joined the board of Rexnord Corporation in May 2015.
Lisa Palumbo joined the board of Rayonier advanced materials in 2014.
Pamela Craven joined the board of Amber Road in 2014.
Helen Pudlin joined the board of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Companies in 2013.
Jennifer Raab joined the board of Compuware Corporation in 2013.
Alice Young joined the board of Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. in 2000 and AXIS Capital in 2013.
Mary Ann Hynes joined the board of Group Pty. Ltd. in 2012.
Deborah Majoras joined the board of Valero Energy Corp in 2012.
Susan Tomasky joined the boards of Tesoro, Inc. in 2011 and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) in 2012.
Stasia Kelly joined the board of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. in 2011 and the board of Owens-Illinois, Inc. in 2002.
Rosemary Berkery joined the board of Fluor Corporation in 2010
Mary Kate Wold joined the board of Unilife Corporation in 2010.
Christine Spadafor joined the board of Boyd Gaming Corporation in 2009.