Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Honorees

The Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award is presented to women lawyers who have served with distinction as independent 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.

2021 Honoree

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 the Board of…

2021 Honoree

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,…

2019 Honoree

A recognized leader in business and healthcare, Angela F. Braly serves on the board of directors of Brookfield Asset Management, ExxonMobil, Lowe’s, and Procter & Gamble. Ms. Braly formerly served as the Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of WellPoint, Inc. (now called Anthem)….

2019 Honoree

Rose McKinney-James is an experienced and seasoned small business leader, clean energy advocate and independent corporate director with a long history in public service, non-profit volunteerism and private sector corporate social responsibility. The former President and CEO for the Corporation for…

2018 Honoree

Pamela Lynn Carter has been a social worker, a corporate executive, an attorney, an elected official and director of for profit and non profit boards. She is a wife, a mother of two married children and a grandmother of three.

Her career is varied but joined together by a common thread—service to…

2018 Honoree

Jane Sherburne is Principal of Sherburne PLLC, a legal consulting firm providing strategic advice in crisis environments and in connection with regulatory policy developments.  Until July 2014, Ms. Sherburne was Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Bank…

2017 Honoree

Patricia Diaz Dennis serves on two public company boards: U.S. Steel and Entravision. She also served on the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance board, retiring in April, 2017, where she was the longest- serving member, having joined in 1995. She was Chair of the Human Resources Committee and, over…

2017 Honoree

Gail Lione is a senior executive with business strategy, intellectual property, human resources, and corporate governance experience in the C-Suite. She is Senior Counsel at Dentons law firm and an adjunct professor of intellectual property law at Georgetown University Law School. She previously…

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Sheri H. Edison

Sheri Edison is General Counsel of Amcor Plc, a global leader in the development and production of responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal care and other

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Suzanne Rich Folsom

Suzanne Rich Folsom is a results-oriented business leader with broad international experience and a successful track record of driving transformation at public and private corporations, as well as multilateral organizations,

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Maria C. Green

Maria C. Green retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Ingersoll Rand plc effective June 28, 2019. She joined the company in November 2015, and was responsible for

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