At the DirectWomen Board Institute McMillian attended informational sessions on key issues facing current and future corporate directors and had the opportunity to interact with Institute alumnae and past honorees. The Institute was co-chaired by Professor Hillary A. Sale, Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Washington University in St. Louis and Professor Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. Institute faculty featured leading experts on corporate governance as well as experienced directors and officers of large public companies. Speakers covered topics such as the role and work of nominating board members, the evolving nature of shareholder relations, the strategic role of audit committees and the role of executive search firms in board searches.
McMillian has extensive experience in corporate law and governance. She served for several years as the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the general partner of Western Gas Partners, a public midstream master limited partnership sponsored by Anadarko. She participated in the development and execution of WES’s business strategy and capital budget. Prior to joining Anadarko, McMillian practiced corporate and securities law at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP where she represented clients in a wide range of transactional, corporate governance and securities matters. McMillian currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, and also serves on the Board of Visitors of Southwestern University and the Advisory Board of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University and received both a Master of Arts and a Juris Doctor from Duke University.
"It's a humbling honor to be selected to attend the DirectWomen Board Institute," said McMillian. "The Institute provided an invaluable opportunity to share information and learn from the incredibly talented and accomplished women across multiple industries and many others who attended the Institute, and provided critical guidance and a behind-the-scenes view of the process of nominating members and actively serving on the boards of public companies."
The mission of DirectWomen is to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. DirectWomen identifies, develops and supports a growing group of accomplished women attorneys who have the experience, independence and diversity required for good corporate governance. Partners of the program include Catalyst, the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women in business, and the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.