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.

2011 Honoree

Helene L. Kaplan is of counsel to the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She represents not-for-profit institutions and individuals with substantial philanthropic interests. Mrs. Kaplan has served in the not-for-profit sector as counsel or trustee of many …

2009 Honoree

Deborah C. Wright serves on the boards of Kraft Foods Inc., Time Warner, The Partnership for New York City, The Children’s Defense Fund and Sesame Workshop. She is a member of the Board of Managers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and served as a member of the Board of Overseers of…

2009 Honoree

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Express Company, the Estée Lauder Companies, Intel Corporation, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. She is a Trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on…

2009 Honoree

Edith (Ede) E. Holiday is a member of the Board of Directors of the H. J. Heinz Company, Hess Corporation, White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd., Canadian National Railway, and RTI International Metals, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Directors or Trustee of various investment companies in the…

2009 Honoree

Suzanne Nora Johnson currently serves on the boards of Visa, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Intuit, Inc. and the American International Group, Inc Ms. Nora Johnson’s community activities include service on the boards of The American Red Cross, the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Institution of Washington…

2008 Honoree

Betsy Z. Cohen has retired as Chief Executive Officer and board member of The Bancorp Bank (NASDAQ: “TBBK”), which she founded in August 2000. The Bancorp Bank is an FDIC-insured electronic institution that provides private label banking products to non-bank entities such as Legg Mason and SEI. Ms…

2008 Honoree

Janiece M. Longoria serves on the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., the third largest publicly traded natural gas delivery company in the U.S., and the provider of electricity transmission and distribution service for the Houston metropolitan area and natural gas distribution service…

2008 Honoree

Linda Koch Lorimer is the retired Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives at Yale University. Ms. Lorimer has also served as a member of the Yale Corporation, the university’s governing board. She was one of six Officers of the University reporting to the President and was asked to lead…

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Deborah Platt Majoras

Deborah Platt Majoras has had a diverse legal career, serving in the corporate, governmental, and law firm sectors.  She currently serves as the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for The Procter &

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Connie Collingsworth

Connie Collingsworth is the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Legal Officer and an Executive Leadership Team member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest foundation with over $50

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Melanie Trent

Melanie Trent is an experienced senior executive who has worked extensively in the energy industry both in oilfield services and power.  Ms. Trent serves on the Board of Directors of

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