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Message from the Chair

As this challenging year comes to a close, I'd like to say thank you for your ongoing support of DirectWomen's important mission. It is because of you, and all the members of our incredible network, that this organization has continued to grow, adapt, and thrive for more than a decade.

Like many charitable organizations, DirectWomen has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. However, we have refused to let the pandemic impede our efforts to advocate for women lawyers as board candidates. Instead, we created an ambitious slate of virtual programs to showcase women lawyer-directors and the importance of board diversity.

Momentum is building behind the movement to diversify corporate boardrooms. DirectWomen is well-positioned to advance this critical business imperative, but we need your help. This holiday season, please consider making a tax-deductible gift in support of DirectWomen's programming and ongoing commitment to diversity in the boardroom.
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To the more than 55 individuals who have already donated to DirectWomen this year, thank you. We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from our network this year. Click here to see a list of DirectWomen's 2020 individual donors to date. 

Power Chat with Paula Boggs

December 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern
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Join us as 2016 Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award Honoree and longtime corporate board director Paula Boggs sits down for a candid conversation with DirectWomen Board Member Brande Stellings. Paula will share her own board story and answer audience questions in this 30-minute power chat. 

Featured Speakers:

Paula Boggs, Founder, Boggs Media, LLC; Director, Avid Technology, Inc.
(Interviewer) Brande Stellings, Principal, Vestry Laight

Sponsor Spotlight: Allegis Partners

Spoiled for Choice? How to Make a Good One
By Heather Wolf, Managing Director, Board Search, Allegis Partners

It has been a long time coming for those of us who have worked long and hard on diversifying corporate board rooms. But the latter half of 2020 has seen a marked upswing in “diverse” board appointments. Along the way, hundreds of women and people of color have been added to candidate slates and approached about board service. This has spawned multiple simultaneous opportunities for a number of executives, often for the first time in their careers. Read the full article>>

Leaving the Legalese Behind: Lawyers as Corporate Board Candidates

January 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM Eastern
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Empirical studies indicate that lawyer-directors’ professional judgment, legal expertise, and familiarity with regulation and risk management improve the value and operation of the company. Join DirectWomen and our distinguished panelists for a webinar exploring the value proposition of lawyers as board candidates. 


Featured Speakers:

Malissia R. Clinton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, The Aerospace Corporation; Director, 3D Systems and Progyny, Inc.
Connie R. Collingsworth, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Director, Banner Corporation, Premera Blue Cross, and Women’s World Banking
(Moderator) Trevor S. Norwitz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

DirectWomen Alumna Added to Board

Malissia R. Clinton (Class of 2019) was recently appointed to the board of Progyny, Inc. (Nasdaq: PGNY), a leading benefits management company specializing in fertility and family building benefits solutions in the United States. Click here to read the press release. This is Malissia's second board appointment. In 2019, Malissia joined the board of 3D Systems. 

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

Holiday Shopping with Amazon Smile

Looking for more ways to give back this holiday season? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to a charitable organization of your choice. By following the simple steps below, you can support DirectWomen while you shop:
  1. Go to:
  2. Sign in using your login credentials
  3. Click the orange “Select Direct Women” button
  4. Bookmark the URL for easy future access
Please Note: In order to support DirectWomen while shopping on Amazon, you must access Amazon via the AmazonSmile URL listed above, or by clicking here

November Virtual Program Recording

The New Normal of Global Corporate Board Membership

Featured Speakers: Patricia Diaz Dennis, Suzanne Rich Folsom, Lisa Hook, and moderator Stephanie Scharf

Items of Interest

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession invites you to participate in the first-ever World Forum for Women in the Law to be held virtually January 27-29, 2021. This cutting-edge conference will focus on Women, Power, and Disrupting the Status Quo. The Forum will bring together women leaders in the legal profession, representing a global array of international firms, corporations, NGOs, and public officials committed to advancing women into leadership roles. Visit the Forum website for program and registration information.
Thank you for your help in supporting our mission. If you have suggestions for additional ways to strengthen DirectWomen’s outreach during this unprecedented time, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Take care and stay safe.
All the best,

Catharine Biggs Arrowood
Chair, DirectWomen

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors and Individual Donors!

Platinum Ambassador Sponsors



2020 Individual Donors To Date

Susan Alexander
Catharine Biggs Arrowood
Michelle Banks
Roya Behnia
Megan M. Belcher
Alan L. Beller
Rosemary T. Berkery
Suzanne S. Bettman
Janet L. Carrig
Kelly McNamara Corley
Mary J. Dent
Carol DiBattiste
Sarah C. Dodds-Brown
Deneen L. Donnley
Ulrika Ekman
Randa Fahmy
Lisa M. Fairfax
Laurie Ferber
Elisa D. Garcia
Mark J. Gentile
Cynthia Gibson
Patricia K. Gillette
Peggy A. Heeg
Carrie Hightman
Jenny Hochenberg
Lily Yan Hughes
Mary Ann Jorgenson
Stacy J. Kanter
Denise F. Keane
Laurie B. Keating
Sylvia Khatcherian
Christine B. LaFollette
Susan S. Lanigan
Leslie A. Lewis
Roberta D. Liebenberg
Vivian Maese
Patricia A. McQuater
Judy K. Mencher
Aleksandra A. Miziolek
Trevor S. Norwitz
Marla S. Persky
Hillary A. Sale
Stephanie A. Scharf
Teresa M. Sebastian
Patricia A. Seith
Karen E. Silverman
Brande Stellings
Rachel R. Stern
Pia Thompson
Andrea E. Utecht
Linda J. Vilardo
Robin Walker-Lee
Michelle M. Warner
Leonard Warren
Jennifer Wolfe
Levina Wong
Marguerite N. Woung-Chapman
Jennifer B. Wuamett

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Latham & Watkins LLP and
Karen E. Silverman

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe 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.


The following corporate donor has generously donated to DirectWomen by matching individual contributions made by their employees.

EQT Foundation

Interested in sponsoring DirectWomen in 2020 or 2021? Contact Laura Beth Hooper for more information. 

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