Squire Sanders was one of several Am Law 100 law firms who were platinum-level sponsors of DirectWomen’s Sandra Day O’Connor award luncheon, held Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York City. New York partner Glynna Christian served on the luncheon planning committee.
DirectWomen is dedicated to identifying, developing, and placing women lawyers on corporate boards. Since its inception in 2007 as a project of the American Bar Association, and with the assistance of Catalyst, twenty percent of the alumnae of DirectWomen’s first four Board Institutes have been elected by important corporate boards.
Using rigorous selection criteria, DirectWomen selects only 20 women from a national and competitive pool of applicants, who will be inducted into the year’s Class at the DirectWomen Board Institute. At the Institute, the class meets with a distinguished faculty to discuss current issues facing boards. The Institute provides a credential of board readiness that supports their election as first time board members.
“We are delighted with our success in just 5 years. Women who are trained as attorneys provide perspective and experience as trained problem solvers with honed business judgment that boards need. This kind of training is invaluable to Boards of Directors as they navigate an increasingly complex world,” says Mary Ann Jorgenson, former senior partner at Squire Sanders and founding Chair of DirectWomen. Jorgenson has been instrumental in the organization’s development and led as Chair since its inception. She retired from the position following the luncheon.
This year’s honorees are: Mary Cranston, former Chair of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and current Director of GrafTech International Ltd., Juniper Networks, Inc., International Rectifier Corporation, Exponent, Inc., and Visa Inc. and DirectWomen Alumna Class of 2007, and Gloria Santona, the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of McDonald’s Corporation and current director of AON Corporation. The keynote speaker was Elisse Walter, current Commissioner and former Chairman of the SEC and DirectWomen Alumna Class of 2007.