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February 2021 Update
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Message from the Chair

As we look forward to all that 2021 has in store, I am thrilled to share with you, our network, DirectWomen's 2020 Year in Review. Click here to download the report. 

2020 was a remarkable year. DirectWomen alumnae joined 23 corporate boards last year - more than in any other year in DirectWomen's history. It is clear that momentum is building behind the movement to diversify corporate boardrooms, and DirectWomen is well-positioned to advance this critical business imperative. We look forward to your continued support as we join forces to advance our important mission in the year ahead. 

Throughout this update, you will find exciting information our upcoming virtual programs, 2021 sponsorship opportunities, and news about the remarkable accomplishments of the members of our network. 

All the best,

Catharine Biggs Arrowood
Chair, DirectWomen

Breaking into the Corporate Boardroom: The Pathways and the Process

March 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM Eastern
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Our distinguished panelists will provide tips on how you can best position yourself to serve on a corporate board. Attendees will leave with a clear picture of what it takes to land a board seat.


Featured Speakers:

Anastasia D. Kelly, Executive Director, Client Relations and US Managing Partner Emeritus, DLA Piper; Director, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Mike Petters, President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries
Sara E. Spiering, Partner, Global Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officers, and Industrial Practices, Heidrick & Struggles
(Moderator) Yen D. Chu, Chief Legal Officer, Equinox Holdings, Inc.

Sponsor DirectWomen in 2021

Together, we are improving diversity on corporate boards. Notably, sixty percent of those alumnae appointed to boards in 2020 were women of color. We hope your organization will demonstrate its commitment to diversity in the boardroom by sponsoring DirectWomen in 2021 and helping us build upon this progress. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Shawn Taylor Kaminski.

APRIL 2021
Power Chat with Former Honoree Pamela L. Carter

April 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM Eastern
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Join us as 2018 Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award Honoree and corporate board director Pamela L. Carter sits down for a candid conversation with DirectWomen Board Member and Past Chair, Roberta D. Liebenberg. Pamela will share her own board story and answer audience questions in this 30-minute power chat. 

Featured Speakers:

Pamela L. Carter, Former President, Cummins Distribution Inc.; Former Attorney General, State of Indiana; Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, CSX Corporation, Enbridge Inc., and Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.; Chair, Nashville Symphony; Secretary, The Sycamore Institute; National Board Member, Teach for America
(Interviewer) Roberta D. Liebenberg, Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black, RPC

DirectWomen Alumna Added to a Board

Teresa M. Sebastian (Class of 2018) was recently appointed to the board of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a global public company in the power generation and utility business operating on four continents in 14 countries. This is Teresa's fourth board appointment. In 2019, Teresa joined the board of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (NASDAQ: KALU). Then, in 2020, she joined the boards of Edward Jones Bank and Juul Labs Inc. 

To date, more than 34% of DirectWomen alumnae have been elected to serve on a corporate board. Congratulations, Teresa!
Are you seeking qualified women directors for your board? Contact DirectWomen for qualified candidates tailored to the needs of your organization. 

January Virtual Program Recording

Leaving the Legalese Behind: Lawyers as Corporate Board Candidates

Featured Speakers: Malissia R. Clinton, Connie R. Collingsworth, and (Moderator) Trevor S. Norwitz

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors!

Platinum Ambassador Sponsors




Platinum Sponsors



Gold Sponsors


Latham & Watkins LLP and Karen E. Silverman
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Thompson Hine LLP
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.


Silver Sponsors


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
PepsiCo Inc.
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.


Interested in sponsoring DirectWomen in 2021? Contact Shawn Taylor Kaminski for more information. 

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