Mary Ann Jorgenson Board Empowerment Award Honorees

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 the award is named.

The Award will be presented on occasion to a 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:

  • a passion for and commitment to the mission of DirectWomen  
  • a sustained commitment to sponsoring and mentoring DirectWomen alumnae and other women attorneys to prepare for and obtain board seats
  • a role model for women who aspire to be on corporate boards
  • a track record as a champion for women in the legal profession
  • a commitment to programs and events that expand the profile of DirectWomen
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Hillary A. Sale

Hillary A. Sale is an influential business leader and consultant as well as a recognized expert in financial services, ESG, securities, crisis management, compliance, corporate governance, strategy, and leadership.  She has been a member of the FINRA Board of Governors since 2016, where she Chairs the Regulatory Policy Committee and

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Alan L. Beller

Alan L. Beller is senior counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton based in the New York office. Mr. Beller’s practice focuses on a wide variety of complex securities, corporate governance and corporate matters. Mr. Beller advises regularly senior officials of both U.S. and non-U.S. entities on these subjects, including

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Mary B. Cranston

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

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SUCCESS STORIES

Mallun Yen

As a repeat founder, operator, public company officer, and tech executive, Mallun Yen is known for launching and growing enterprise businesses using a data-driven approach to disrupt industry conventions and

Malissia R. Clinton

Malissia Clinton is an executive with considerable board experience and over 25 years of practice across multiple industries, including defense, aerospace, intelligence, advanced technologies and health care.  Clinton is Senior

Trecia M. Canty

Trecia M. Canty is an accomplished C-suite executive with 25+ years of demonstrated expertise in finance, strategic transactions, corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk and ESG.  She has extensive energy industry