Board Institute

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 closed. Please email yechevarria@directwomen.org if you are interested in being notified when the application for the 2025 Board Institute opens up next year.

More than 270 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 2024 Board Institute will be held from October 16-18, 2024, in New York City.

The 2023 Board Institute was held from October 4 to 6, 2023, in New York City. Click here to view our 2023 Board Institute agenda.

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. 

SUCCESS STORIES

Susan L. Blount

From 2005 to 2015, Susan Blount served as General Counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential), a leading provider of insurance, retirement and asset management products and services. In that role,

Andrea E. Utecht

Andrea E. Utecht is the former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of FMC Corporation, an S&P 500 multinational agrochemical manufacturing company.   She is currently a Director of Livent

Michelle M. Warner

Michelle M. Warner is a highly accomplished C-suite executive and board director with over two decades of global public company leadership experience, including extensive engagement with boards and their committees