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

2019 Honoree

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…

2017 Honoree

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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Janet L. Miller

Janet L. Miller is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for University Hospitals.  She is a member of the executive team who turned around a 6 hospital system and

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Simone Wu

Simone Wu serves as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and external affairs for Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest and most successful lodging

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Susan Tomasky

Susan Tomasky has held numerous leadership positions in the energy industry, government and the Ohio business community. She served in several senior executive positions at American Electric Power, including President,

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