McCormick Group Lands Executive Director for DirectWomen

April 14, 2016 – The McCormick Group has recruited Christina M. Knowles as executive director of DirectWomen.

Ms. Knowles, a leading voice on issues affecting women, has a decade of experience in non-profit and government management. Prior to joining DirectWomen, she served as the inaugural executive director for the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. She has also held a variety of other leadership roles in the Massachusetts political and non-profit world, most notably as executive director for the Massachusetts Caucus of Women in Legislators and as the state director for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

Ms. Knowles sits on a number of non-profit boards, including the Boston Chapter of 2020 Women on Boards, and she has been named a Top 100 Influencer by the national publication Campaigns and Elections Politics Magazine.

“We are delighted to have Christina joining DirectWomen,” said Roberta Liebenberg, chair of the DirectWomen board of directors. “She brings with her a deep knowledge about women’s leadership, a wealth of experience managing non-profits, and an excellent network. Christina’s energy, passion, and skills will allow us to expand our organization, maximize our impact, and further our goal of increasing the number of women attorneys on corporate boards.”

“I am honored to be DirectWomen’s executive director,” said Ms. Knowles. “I have dedicated my career to advancing women in all areas of life, and I am thrilled to continue this work at DirectWomen. I look forward to continuing and expanding upon DirectWomen’s legacy of success.”

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DirectWomen’s mission is more critical than ever since women make up only 13 percent of boards of publicly traded companies in the Russell 3000. The organization is playing a key role in helping to transform the face of America’s public company boards by identifying leading women lawyers from around the country who have the experience, independence, business judgment, and diversity required for board effectiveness.

Founded in 1974 by Bill McCormick, The McCormick Group provides executive search services to associations, corporate government affairs offices, and law firms, among others. The firm offers clients a full range of human capital services, including recruitment; human resources strategic planning & consulting; compensation studies and surveys; management succession consulting & restructuring; and outplacement consulting.

TerraLex, a leading global network of independent law firms, has recently brought the firm in to handle its executive director search. Managing that assignment is Steve Nelson, a managing principal in the firm’s law and government affairs group.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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