Why Lawyers Make Good Corporate Directors | Women in the Boardroom

Recorded webinar

Why Lawyers Make Good Corporate Directors

Historically, if people were to ask a CEO and his or her board to describe their ideal director, lawyer might not have made the top ten list. But there has been a radical shift during the past decade. The old thinking was that lawyers were not necessarily welcome as directors on boards. The new thinking is they are not only welcome, but much sought after. During our webinar with Kathleen Franklin & Bob Barker, the following questions will be answered:

• What can you learn from the lawyer-director research?
• What skills & experience make a lawyer a good director candidate?
• What can you do to enhance your candidacy?
• What resources are available?


Kathleen Franklin, Bob Barker

Date & Time

February 24, 2015
12:00 PM ET


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About the Speakers

Kathleen Franklin

Senior Counsel of Sony Corporation of America

Ms. Kathleen Franklin currently acts as Senior Counsel, Global Compliance Leadership Team for Sony Corporation of America where she is responsible for Sony Corporation’s global compliance and ethics program and creates practical, cost-effective, ethics-based compliance programs to address key risks and successfully execute the company’s mission. She is also a member of the company’s global risk committee where she provides direction across a broad spectrum of business and finance operations. Prior to joining Sony, Ms. Franklin was a Partner and Co-Chair of the Corporate Governance Group for Boies, Schiller and Flexner, LLP where she served as a strategic advisor to the firm’s roster of prominent global clients on a wide range of issues related to mergers& acquisitions, executive compensation, restructuring and litigation. She also advised on corporate governance issues involving the responsibilities of corporate directors in complex financial transactions and crisis management.

In March, 2007 Ms. Franklin was one of twenty women selected nationally as a member of the inaugural class of the DirectWomen Board Institute. The DirectWomen organization serves as a resource for companies seeking qualified women-attorney board candidates who will improve corporate governance and increase shareholder value.

Ms. Franklin graduated magna cum laude from Siena College, Loudonville, New York, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. She graduated magna cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University and earned an LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law. In 2009, she was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in recognition of her contributions to the legal profession and the community.

Ms. Franklin is active in the community and has served on many non-profit boards. She currently serves as co-Chair of the Marketing and Professional Alliance Committee for DirectWomen.

Bob Barker

Managing Partner of BarkerGilmore

Bob Barker brings more than 30 years of Fortune 500 and international business experience to his client relationships. He’s built his reputation by confidently helping clients build strong legal, and compliance departments which allow them to excel in highly competitive markets. Bob brings deep expertise to each of the sectors where BarkerGilmore specializes, from financial to industrial.

Bob is known for his keen ability to listen to clients’ needs and effectively bring the resources that produce the desired results. Since joining the firm, Bob has been instrumental in expanding BarkerGilmore’s relationships on a global basis and advancing the firm’s business strategy. His motto: Accept nothing but the best for our clients; good enough is not acceptable.

Prior to joining the firm, Bob was a sales and marketing executive at HP. He advanced through the company, ultimately becoming North American Sales Manager for the Imaging & Printing Group. In this role, Bob managed a sales organization that supported more than 30,000 resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada. He achieved the highest recognition in the company and was awarded membership into HP’s President’s Club—a distinction that goes to the top 100 sales leaders in the company throughout the world.

Bob earned his B.S. in Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology with honors. Bob is recognized as a leading expert in executive search for board members, general counsel, and compliance officers. His writing has been published in Corporate Board Member, Corporate Counsel and he has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and numerous other media.

He has spoken about succession planning, trends in the boardroom, and executive search at Corporate Board Member, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and other professional organizations. You can follow his work at www.barkergilmore.com.

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