The Mary Ann Jorgenson Board Empowerment Award was created to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of DirectWomen and to honor the co-founder of DirectWomen for whom it is named. The Award will be presented on occasion to a woman lawyer who has advanced the goal of DirectWomen to prepare women attorneys for board service and to increase the number of women on the boards of public companies. To be considered for the award, a candidate should display the following characteristics:

  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of DirectWomen  
  • Sustained commitment to sponsoring and mentoring DirectWomen alumnae and other women attorneys to prepare for and obtain board seats
  • Role model for women who aspire to be on corporate boards
  • Track record as a champion for women in the legal profession
  • Ccommitment to programs and events that expand the profile of DirectWomen


Mary B. Cranston is a Retired Senior Partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an international law firm. She was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Pillsbury from January 1999 until April 2006, and continued to serve as Chair of the firm until December 2006. She was Firm Senior...Read More