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. This year, DirectWomen hosted a virtual celebration on October 14, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Click here to view the video recording. 

Save the Date

The 2022 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon will be held on October 14, 2022 in New York City. 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 presented 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 Jarrett is the President of the Barack Obama Foundation and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at The University of Chicago Law School. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, published in April 2019…Read More

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Kim Rucker is an accomplished executive, holding senior leadership positions since 2004.  She is currently on the Board of Directors of 3 Fortune 500 Companies and a world-renowned medical non-profit…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, complex acquisition integration teams and c-suite succession planning.Read More

If you would like to sponsor DirectWomen and reserve a table for your firm or company for the 2022 Luncheon, 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