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On November 17, 2015, Partner Stephanie Scharf moderated a special program sponsored by DirectWomen in Chicago. DirectWomen is a national organization whose mission is to increase the number of qualified women attorneys on the boards of public companies. Ms. Scharf is a member of the Board of DirectWomen, which since its formation, has seen 22% of alumnae join corporate boards.
The Chicago program, “Breaking Into The Boardroom: The Pathways And The Process,” addressed the ways in which women lawyers can position themselves to become members of corporate boards. Program panelists included Kelly McNamara Corley, General Counsel, Discover; Sheri H. Edison, General Counsel, Bemis Company and Director, AK Steel; E. Thames Fulton, Managing Director, RSR Partners; Deborah A. Golden, General Counsel, GATX; And Mary Ann Hynes, Director, GHD Group Pty Ltd. For more information about DirectWomen, please visit www.directwomen.org.