DirectWomen, a project of the Tides Center, aims to increase the number of women attorneys that serve on the boards of publicly trade companies. DirectWomen accomplishes its mission by:
- Providing strategic career development and networking opportunities to women exiting the active practice of business law who wish to continue contributing to the corporate world;
- Reinforcing the merits of gender diversity in the minds of corporate directors, and enhancing their appreciation for the tremendous reservoir of seasoned talent that senior women business law practitioners represent;
- Facilitating access of executive search firms to well-qualified women attorney candidates for independent director positions;
- Recognizing and honoring women attorneys who serve on the boards of public companies, lead corporate America and epitomize the value of diversity in the boardroom with the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award.