Shelley Milano is a nationally recognized attorney and business leader in retail and manufacturing environments. She is known in the legal and business communities for her strategic thinking, personal integrity,
The annual Board Institute is a key way in which DirectWomen fulfills its mission. The goal of this annual two-day program is to position an elite group of exceptional senior women lawyers for service as directors of major corporations.
Each year, DirectWomen identifies a small group of leading women lawyers from around the country to participate in the Board Institute based on an assessment of their ability to provide the experience, independence, and business judgment required for board effectiveness. The Institute is Chaired by Professor Hillary A. Sale. The Board Institute provides working sessions designed to help participants develop their value proposition and personal board-search strategies. At the Board Institute, the class meets with an extraordinary faculty comprised of CEOs, C-suite executives, and directors of public companies, to discuss key issues facing corporate directors such as the board’s nominating and governance role, ESG, and other relevant topics. The class also meets with DirectWomen honorees and alumnae, many of whom have extensive board experience. The Board Institute also provides opportunities to learn from senior search firm executives.
The application for the 2024 Board Institute is now open. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in applying for the 2024 Board Institute. The application closes on November 20, 2023.
More than 250 women have participated in the Board Institute over the past 16 years and provide a rich pool of director candidates. Past Board Institute classes have been comprised of General Counsel of Fortune 500 companies, partners at top law firms, and leading lawyers from government and academia. These distinguished women lawyers represent a wide range of business knowledge and experience in their industries, which include finance, energy, retail, media, and pharmaceuticals, among others. To learn more about DirectWomen’s Board Institute alumnae, visit our alumnae biography and resume database.
The 2023 Board Institute will be held from October 4 to 6, 2023, in New York City. Click here to view the press release announcing the Board Institute Class of 2023.
The 2022 Board Institute was held from October 12 to 14, 2022, in New York City. Click here to view our 2022 Board Institute agenda.
Lisa M. Palumbo has served public and private companies as a C-suite executive and board member in the engineering & construction, defense, natural resources and technology sectors. She currently serves
Trecia M. Canty is an accomplished C-suite executive with 25+ years of demonstrated expertise in finance, strategic transactions, corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk and ESG. She has extensive energy industry