Board Institute

The DirectWomen Board Institute Class of 2020-2021 at the virtual Wine Tasting and Welcoming Reception with Hailey Trefethen.

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 2022 Board Institute is now open. To begin an application, click here. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. The application will close December 6, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST.

More than 240 women have participated in the Board Institute over the past 15 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 2020-2021 Board Institute was held virtually from October 6 to 8, 2021. Click here to view our 2020-2021 Board Institute agenda. 

The 2019 Board Institute was held from October 2 to 4, 2019, in New York City. Click here to view our 2019 Board Institute agenda.

SUCCESS STORIES

Juliette Pryor

Juliette Pryor is a skilled public and private company c-suite executive with 25+ years of business experience. She has deep experience in the board room of multiple corporations, providing key

Kellye L. Walker

Kellye Walker, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN), is a seasoned senior executive with over 25 years of experience helping publicly traded companies

Sarah C. Dodds-Brown

Sarah Dodds-Brown is a strategic business partner and enterprise thinker who effectively anticipates challenges and thoughtfully influences change and evolution.   Over the course of her career at American Express, Sarah