Fairfax Named DirectWomen Board Institute Co-Chair
Professor Lisa M. Fairfax was recently named Co-Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute. The Institute is the centerpeice of the DirectWomen intitative, the only initiative specifically designed to identify, develop, and support a select group of accomplished women attorneys to provide qualified directors needed by the boards of U.S. companies, while promoting the independence and diversity required for good corporate governance. The DirectWomen Board Institute hosts an annual program that provides critical orientation and support for women lawyers seeking to serve as board candidates. The goal of the Institute is to position an elite group of exceptional senior women lawyers for service as directors of major U.S. corporations.
"We are very pleased that Professor Lisa Fairfax is joining us as Co-Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute, her work on board diversity and inclusion is of tremendous value to the organization," said DirectWomen Chair Mary Ann Jorgenson.
Approximately 20 women attorneys are selected each year to attend the DirectWomen Board Institute. The Institute faculty—lead by Institute Co-Chairs Professor Fairfax and Washington University Law Professor Hillary A. Sale—features leading experts on corporate governance and experienced directors. Its program covers topics including the role and work of nominating and corporate governance committees, the evolving nature of shareholder relations, the strategic role of audit committees and the role of executive search firms in board searches. In addition, the Institute affords participants the opportunity to network with DirectWomen alumnae and honorees as well as top representatives of executive search firms.
"I am honored and proud to have been selected as co-chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute," said Professor Fairfax. "The Institute's goal of promoting board diversity by identifying, developing, and supporting accomplished women attorneys who can serve as board candidates not only compliments my own academic work, but also is critical for enhancing good corporate governance. I am excited to be a part of the Institute, and join in its efforts to promote and enhance diversity in the boardroom."
To learn more or apply for a slot in the 2014 Board Institute, please visit the DirectWomen website.