OUR MISSION

Increase the Representation of Women on Corporate Boards

DirectWomen identifies leading women lawyers from around the country who are able to provide the experience, independence, business judgment and diversity required for board effectiveness and good corporate governance. It serves as a resource for companies seeking qualified women-attorney board candidates who will improve corporate governance and increase shareholder value.

DirectWomen’s network includes:

  • More than 175 Board Institute alumnae
  • 35 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award honorees
  • A vibrant group of volunteers, including CEOs, directors of large public companies, executive search firm principals and other leaders of the business community

Thirty percent (30%) of the alumnae of our first four Board Institutes serve on at least one large corporate board. 


DirectWomen is grateful to the ever-growing network of individuals and organizations that support our work. Our 2017 Sponsorship Packages are still available!


If you would like to support the work of DirectWomen via check, please make out to "DirectWomen/Tides" and mail to:

Bobbi Liebenberg
Fine, Kaplan, and Black, R.P.C.
One South Broad Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19107

If you are interested in donating by bank transfer, please contact Operations and Finance Director Beth Barefoot at (202) 360-9450 for details.

DirectWomen is a project of the Tides Center, an independent, non-profit, public benefit corporation organized under the laws of California and tax-exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and supported by the ABA and Catalyst. Contributions to DirectWomen/Tides are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by the law.

Thank you for your support of DirectWomen's important work!

2017 DirectWomen Sponsorship Levels and Benefit

Platinum Sponsorship: $25,000

  • Exclusive Platinum Benefit Package for the 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Awards Luncheon, DirectWomen Board Institute and DirectWomen Alumnae Institute
    • Reserved table for ten and premier seating with table sign at Luncheon
    • Exclusive invitation to and premier seating at cocktail party and dinner with 2017 Board Institute class members and faculty
    • Invitation to an exclusive event during the 2017 Board Institute
    • Opportunity to distribute logo items to attendees of the 2017 Board Institute, Alumnae Institute, and Luncheon
    • Full-page ad in the 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon Tribute Book
    • Logo and name recognition in all printed event materials and on signage
    • Verbal acknowledgment of sponsorship at all 2017 Board Institute events
    • Opportunity to provide an article or brief legal memorandum to be distributed to 2017 Board Institute class members
  • Continuing Benefits for Platinum Sponsors
    • Opportunity for sponsor feature on the front page of the DirectWomen website for one month highlighting the sponsor’s commitment to diversity
    • Opportunity to submit article for publication in DirectWomen newsletter
    • Posting of logo, name and link on DirectWomen website for 2017

Gold Sponsorship: $10,000

  • Gold Benefit Package for the 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Awards Luncheon, DirectWomen Board Institute and DirectWomen Alumnae Institute
    • Reserved table for ten with table sign at Luncheon
    • Invitation to an exclusive event during the 2017 Board Institute
    • Half-page ad in the 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon Tribute Book
    • Name recognition in all printed event materials and on signage
  • Posting of name and link on DirectWomen website for 2017

Silver Sponsorship: $5,000

  • Silver Benefit Package for the 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Awards Luncheon, DirectWomen Board Institute and DirectWomen Alumnae Institute
    • Five luncheon tickets
    • Quarter-page ad in the 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon Tribute Book
    • Name recognition in all printed event materials and on signage
  • Posting of name and link on DirectWomen website for 2017