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.

2016 Honoree

Jamie Gorelick is a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, where she chairs the Regulatory and Government Affairs Department.  A litigator by training, she is listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America,” a “Super Lawyer,” and a “Washington Legend in the Law.”  She handles matters at the…

2016 Honoree

Paula Boggs is the founder of Boggs Media, LLC, a business that manages her music, speaking, and other creative business activities. She is a Philanthropist, Fundraiser, Public Speaker, Lawyer and Musician. She is also a Board Member of numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations. Paula Boggs…

2015 Honoree

Ann M. Veneman has a distinguished career in public service, serving as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010 and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. Veneman’s leadership and vision has been recognized both nationally…

2015 Honoree

Frances Fragos Townsend is an Executive Vice President for Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Incorporated. She works across MacAndrew’s portfolio companies focusing on international, legal, compliance and business development issues. Prior to that she was a…

2015 Honoree

Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Chief Marketing and Talent Officer, and Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management New Markets at Credit Suisse AG, and a member of the Executive Boards of Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG. She has global responsibility for overseeing Human Resources,…

2013 Honoree

Gloria Santona is the Chief Legal Officer of McDonald’s Corporation, the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with more than 34,000 restaurants in 119 countries. In this role, she leads McDonald’s worldwide legal, compliance, regulatory and corporate governance functions. As part of McDonald…

2011 Honoree

Siri S. Marshall is a Director of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (Presiding Director), Equifax, Inc., Alphatec Holdings, Inc. and BioHorizons, Inc. She retired as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Governance and Compliance Officer of General Mills Inc. in 2008, a position…

2011 Honoree

Roberta S. Karmel is Centennial Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law at Brooklyn Law School. She was engaged in the private practice of law in New York City for over thirty years. She was a partner of Rogers & Wells from 1972…

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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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Linda L. Addison

Linda Addison is an experienced independent director, chief executive and global business leader.  She is a member of the Board of Directors and Compensation Committee of Globe Life Inc. (NYSE:

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Deborah A. Golden

   Deborah A. Golden is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of GATX Corporation, the global leader in railcar leasing. She is responsible for all legal, regulatory and corporate

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