The mission of DirectWomen is to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards. DirectWomen identifies leading women lawyers from around the country who are able to provide the experience, independence, and business judgment required for board effectiveness. Through its various programs, DirectWomen develops and positions women attorney leaders for board service. DirectWomen also serves as a resource for companies seeking qualified women board candidates.

DirectWomen’s network includes:

  • Nearly 215 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

Nearly thirty five percent (35%) of DirectWomen alumnae have been elected to serve on at least one corporate board. 

DirectWomen is grateful to the ever-growing network of individuals and organizations that support our work. Our 2021 Sponsorship Packages are now available!

If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Executive Director Shawn Taylor Kaminski ([email protected]) or call DirectWomen at (833) 239-6636. 

DirectWomen is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to DirectWomen are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by the law.

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


Kathleen M. Franklin

Kathleen has 30 years of experience working with Boards of Directors and CEOs of Fortune 500 global companies, both as a senior executive and as a trusted advisor.  Her diverse

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Janet L. Carrig

Janet Carrig served as Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ConocoPhillips from August 2007 through September 2018. She is an experienced executive who has worked extensively

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Marla S. Persky

Marla Persky is CEO and President of WOMN LLC, a company dedicated to helping women succeed in the business of law by increasing their knowledge of and acuity with financial

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