Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon

DirectWomen hosts the annual Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon to honor those who have worked to advance the value of diversity on corporate boards. The 2019 Award Luncheon was held on October 4, 2019, at Cipriani’s 42nd Street location in New York.

Attending the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon not only supports DirectWomen’s mission of increasing the representation of women attorneys on corporate boards, but also provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with leading CEOs, directors, search firm executives, DirectWomen alumnae and honorees, and other prominent lawyers.

At the Luncheon, DirectWomen presents awards that celebrate diversity in the boardroom and excellence in board service. This year, DirectWomen will present the following awards to our distinguished 2021 honorees:

The Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award, presented to women lawyers who have served with distinction as directors of public companies and exemplify the manner in which Sandra Day O’Connor leads her life, paving new paths for the women who come after her, will be presented to:

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Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn. She serves as Board Chair of When We All Vote and Co-Chair of The United State of Women. She also serves on the boards of Lyft, Ariel Investments,…Read More

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Kim K.W. Rucker is an accomplished executive, holding senior leadership positions since 2004. Most recently, EVP, General Counsel & Secretary of Andeavor, a Fortune 100 company. She has held similar top leadership roles at Kraft (Kraft-Heinz) and Avon. Ms. Rucker serves on…Read More

The Board Diversity Award, honoring a corporation that has served as a leader in the effort to achieve board diversity, as illustrated by the critical mass of women directors on their board and their strong commitment to diversity in the boardroom, will be presented to:


DirectWomen is proud to present its 2021 Board Diversity Award to ViacomCBS.  As of 2020, ViacomCBS’s board includes seven women directors, four of whom hold a J.D. Eight of ViacomCBS’s 27-person senior management team are also women. The critical mass of women directors on the…Read More

The Distinguished Alumna Award, honoring a DirectWomen Board Institute Alumna who exemplifies the talents and accomplishments of our Alumnae and who has joined at least one large corporate board since completing the Institute, will be presented to: 

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Ann Harlan has extensive business and legal experience in consumer products and manufacturing business segments and has a reputation as a trusted advisor in the Boardroom. In her board appointments on both public and private company boards, she has led strategic planning initiatives and c-suite…Read More

If you would like to sponsor DirectWomen and reserve a table for your firm or company, please contact DirectWomen’s Executive Director, Shawn Taylor Kaminski, at [email protected] or 833.239.6636. Click here to see a list of current sponsors.

Past Honorees