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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the November Update. I am thrilled to be the new Chair of DirectWomen. As a 2009 alumna of the Board Institute, I am excited to see what lies ahead for DirectWomen and women lawyers in the boardroom. 

I would like to thank my predecessor, Denise F. Keane, for her service as Chair of the organization for the past two years. Denise has provided incredible leadership, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve alongside her as DirectWomen's Vice Chair. While Denise has certainly left big shoes to fill, I am happy to report that she will remain on the DirectWomen Board of Directors. Thank you for your selfless commitment to the mission of DirectWomen, Denise.

I would also like to thank DirectWomen's outgoing board member, Alan L. Beller, and welcome our new board members, Yen D. Chu and Maria C. Green. Click here to read DirectWomen's press release announcing the 2021 Board of Directors.

In this Update, you will find registration details for our upcoming webinar on "The New Normal of Global Corporate Board Membership" and news about the remarkable accomplishments of the members of our network.

The New Normal of Global Corporate Board Membership

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern
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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, corporate boards are facing a host of novel challenges. The challenges are even more complex for global corporations, with operations and personnel located in the US and other countries. Join DirectWomen for a video webinar as we explore the "new normal" of public board membership and how women lawyers can best position themselves to join global and international corporate boards.


Featured Speakers:

Patricia Diaz Dennis, Former General Counsel and Senior Vice President, AT&T, Inc.; Director, United States Steel Corporation, Entravision Communications Corporation, and Amalgamated Bank
Suzanne Rich Folsom, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Philip Morris International Inc.; Director, Equal Future Corp.
(Moderator) Stephanie A. Scharf, Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC; Principal, The Red Bee Group

Power Chat with Former Honoree 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 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

DirectWomen Alumnae Added to Boards

Sarah C. Dodds-Brown (Class of 2015) was recently appointed to the board of Party City Holdco Inc. (NYSE: PRTY), the largest retailer of party goods by revenue in North America, operating approximately 850 company-owned and franchise outlets under the names Party City and Halloween City. Click here to read the press release. 

Kellye L. Walker (Class of 2017) was recently appointed to the board of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., (Nasdaq: LECO), a global manufacturer of welding products, arc welding equipment, welding consumables, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment, and robotic welding systems. Click here to read the press release. 
Are you seeking qualified women directors for your board? Contact DirectWomen for qualified candidates tailored to the needs of your organization. 

DirectWomen in the News

DirectWomen board member Lisa M. Fairfax has been elected to the American Law Institute. “I am honored and humbled by the appointment to the ALI,” said Professor Fairfax. “I very much look forward not only to working with the nation’s leading experts, but also to deeply engaging in the vital projects that reflect the work of the ALI.” Click here to read more. 

DirectWomen board member Stephanie A. Scharf will receive the 2020 Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law on November 5, 2020. The Inspiration Award is given annually to a female attorney that serves as an inspiration to other female attorneys, and also demonstrates excellence in lawyering and achievement in her legal practice. Click here to read more. 

DirectWomen alumna Lynn Schenk (Class of 2007) has been reappointed to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors, where she has served since 2004.

DirectWomen alumna Jennifer C. Wolfe's (Class of 2012) most recent book has been released. "Disruption in the Boardroom: Leading Corporate Governance and Oversight into an Evolving Digital Future" is available for purchase on Amazon, or by clicking here

Consider Making A Tax Deductible Donation

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. 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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October Virtual Program Recording

Top Tips for Building Board Ready Connections

Featured Speakers: Abby Adlerman, Michele Coleman Mayes, Marla Persky, and Moderator, Michelle Banks
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
Janet L. Carrig
Mary J. Dent
Sarah C. Dodds-Brown
Deneen L. Donnley
Ulrika Ekman
Randa Fahmy
Lisa M. Fairfax
Elisa D. Garcia
Mark J. Gentile
Patricia K. Gillette
Peggy A. Heeg
Mary Ann Jorgenson
Stacy J. Kanter
Denise F. Keane
Sylvia Khatcherian
Christine B. LaFollette
Roberta D. Liebenberg
Patricia A. McQuater
Trevor S. Norwitz
Marla S. Persky
Hillary A. Sale
Stephanie A. Scharf
Teresa M. Sebastian
Karen E. Silverman
Brande Stellings
Rachel R. Stern
Andrea E. Utecht
Linda J. Vilardo
Robin Walker-Lee
Michelle M. Warner
Jennifer Wolfe
Levina Wong
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

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.


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

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