Past Programs

Karyn Polak, Lawton Penn, Sandra Flow, and Carolyn Frantz at the 2017 Seattle Regional Event

In addition to our Board Institute and the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon, DirectWomen is pleased to offer a variety of virtual video programs. For the latest registration information, visit our upcoming programs page. You can also view past program recordings by visiting our on-demand program library.

DirectWomen also hosts Alumnae Quarterly Calls to reinforce what alumnae learned at the Board Institute and to help them to stay “on track” with their board searches. These calls provide an opportunity for alumnae to learn from those who have successfully secured boards seats, share challenges and successes, discuss topics of interest to the group, and provide support for one another.  



DirectWomen held a regional event in Chicago on November 17, 2015. Program sponsors included Winston & Strawn LLP, Charles River Associates, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Berkeley Research Group, Dentons LLP, and Mayer Brown LLP. The

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DirectWomen held a sold-out event in Philadelphia on April 29, 2015. The event was hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP.

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San Francisco

DirectWomen’s first West Coast event was held in San Francisco on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Visa’s new One Market Plaza space. The event was at capacity. To view the

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New York City

On June 3, 2014, DirectWomen held an invitation-only reception at the law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP to honor its sponsors and alumnae of the DirectWomen Board Institute. Attendees interacted with one another and discussed strategies

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Deborah A. Golden

   Deborah A. Golden is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of GATX Corporation, the global leader in railcar leasing. She is responsible for all legal, regulatory and corporate

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Carla Newell

Carla Newell is a seasoned business leader and experienced board director with more than 30 years of success facilitating growth in the technology and digital business arena. Ms. Newell has

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Lisa M. Palumbo

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

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