DirectWomen Selects 20 Highly Experienced Women Lawyers for 2016 Board Institute

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) February 10, 2016 - DirectWomen, an organization formed to position women lawyers to serve on boards of public companies, is pleased to announce the members of its 2016 DirectWomen Board Institute. The Board Institute will be held October 19-21, 2016 in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

    The 2016 DirectWomen class is comprised of General Counsel of Fortune 500 companies, partners at top law firms, and other senior executives and advisors. These women lawyers represent a wide range of business knowledge and experience in their industries, which include financial, media, energy, pharmaceuticals, materials, and technology.

    Nearly 150 women have participated in the Board Institute over the past eight years. We are very proud of the fact that 22% of the program's alumnae now serve as directors of major public companies, including: Visa, Inc.; Dollarama Inc., Valero Energy Corp., Compuware Corporation, AK Steel, Fluor Corporation, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.; Biogen Idec, Boyd Gaming Corporation, Occidental Petroleum Company, Unilife Corporation, and others.

    Board Institute participants are identified through a rigorous national search and selection process that involves a written application, reference letters, and a committee selection panel. At the Board Institute, 2016 class members will hear from and have the opportunity to interact with an extraordinary faculty of leading CEOs, directors of large public companies, and top representatives of executive search firms. The Institute is co-chaired by Professor Hillary A. Sale, Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Washington University in St. Louis, and Professor Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.

    "The DirectWomen Board Institute provides a great opportunity for women attorneys to focus their analytical and problem-solving skills on positioning themselves for service as Directors. The 2016 Class continues to make the case that women attorneys possess the judgment and business expertise needed for effective board service," said Mary Ann Jorgenson, Selection Committee Chair and Past Chair of DirectWomen.

    Members of the 2016 DirectWomen Board Institute include:
    Marcia Backus
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Occidental Petroleum Corporation Houston, Texas
    Jana Cohen Barbe
    Global Vice Chair, Dentons Chicago, Illinois
    Roya Behnia
    Retired Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Pall Corporation New York, New York
    Laurel G. Bellows
    Founding Principal, The Bellows Law Group, P.C. Past President, American Bar Association Chicago, Illinois
    Maureen Brundage
    Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Ethics Officer, The Chubb Corporation
    Warren, New Jersey
    Tracey Edwards
    Retired Principal, Deloitte LLP Cupertino, California
    Suzanne Rich Folsom
    General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Senior Vice President - Government Affairs, United States Steel
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Cynthia Gibson
    Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Business & Legal Affairs, Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    Ashley C. Gould
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Governance, Raptor Pharmaceuticals Corp. Novato, California
    Anirma Gupta
    General Counsel, Tanium Inc. Emeryville, California
    Karen King
    Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer, Silver Lake Menlo Park, California
    Susan Lindberg
    General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Eni US Operating Co. Inc. Houston, Texas
    Lorraine McGowen
    Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Resident in New York, New York
    Janet L. Miller
    Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, University Hospitals Health System, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio
    Aleksandra (Aleks) Miziolek
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. Novi, Michigan
    Carla Newell
    Advisor to Emerging Companies and Funds Piedmont, California
    Sloane Perras
    Chief Legal Officer, The Krystal Company & On The Border, Mexican Grill & Cantina Atlanta, Georgia
    Catherine Sazdanoff
    Director and Member of Audit Committee, Meridian Bioscience, Inc. CEO and President, Sazdanoff Consulting
    Chicago, Illinois
    Marguerite Woung-Chapman
    General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Senior Vice President of Land Administration/CAD, EP Energy Corporation
    Houston, Texas
    Mallun Yen
    EVP, Corporate Development, Products, Business & Regulatory, RPX Corporation San Francisco, California

    About DirectWomen
    The mission of DirectWomen is to increase the representation of women lawyers on public company boards. DirectWomen identifies, develops, and supports a growing group of accomplished women attorneys who provide the experience, independence and diversity required for good corporate governance. Partners of the program include Catalyst, the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business, and the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

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