Shawn Kaminski | Executive Director

Shawn joined DirectWomen as its Executive Director in September 2017. She has spent her entire career in the legal non-profit world and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). Shawn worked at the American Bar Association for 25 years serving in a variety of positions, including Director of the Commission on Women in the Profession. She also staffed the Gender Equity Task Force presidential initiative while with the Commission. Prior to joining DirectWomen, Shawn was the Director of Committees at DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar. Shawn is an avid reader of fiction, loves to cook, and is a gardener-in-training. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two college-aged children.

Laura Beth Hooper | Operations and Information Coordinator

Laura Beth Hooper

Laura Beth Hooper joined DirectWomen as the Operations and Information Coordinator in February, 2017. Prior to joining DirectWomen, Laura Beth interned at the Tropical Audubon Society, Just Innovate, and the Consortium for Gender, Security and Human Rights. During her internships at these diverse nonprofits, Laura Beth cultivated a love of research and engagement with social issues. While in college, Laura Beth was head delegate of her university’s Model United Nations Team and author of an honors thesis on the gendered impacts of water infrastructure development in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University in 2015.  

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