Board Composition in the Age of COVID-19

Boardroom diversity, particularly the inclusion of women, was a major focus for investors as well as legislators in many U.S. states.

Allegis Partners and DirectWomen hosted a fireside chat on May 12, 2020, to discuss how the current pandemic might impact board composition as well as what new challenges and opportunities may arise for prospective directors in the aftermath of COVID-19. DirectWomen’s Lisa N. Fairfax moderated the fireside chat and was joined by both M. Ann Harlan and Heather Wolf.


  • Lisa M. Fairfax, Alexander Hamilton Professor of Business Law and Director, Corporate Law and Governance Initiative, George Washington University Law School
  • M. Ann Harlan, Former Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, The J.M. Smucker Company; Director, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., The Gorman-Rupp Company, and FlavorX Corporation
  • Heather Wolf, Managing Director of the Board and CEO Practice, Allegis Partners