Professional, Academic and Not-For-Profit Organizations

Barbara Franklin has been an active member of professional organizations throughout her career, providing leadership and guidance on matters of governance, policy, and strategic planning in addition to financial support. She was the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Economic Club of New York (ECNY) (2003-2007), was the Chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) (2009-2013), and was the first woman President of the Management Executives' Society (MES) (2010-2012). She is a founding member of the Executive Women in Government (EWG) and of the Women's Forum of Washington, D.C.

Franklin is a past Trustee of the Pennsylvania State University and a former member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Pennsylvania State University in 1972 and the Alumni Achievement Award from The Harvard Business School in 2004. Franklin has also received Honorary Degrees from the University of Hartford, Drexel University, Bryant College, and Briarwood College.

Chairman for Not-for-Profit Organizations

The National Association of Corporate Directors, Chairman (2009-2013)
Chairman emerita
The Economic Club of New York, Chairman (2003-2007)
Chairman emerita
Management Executives Society, Chairman (2010-2012)
Immediate Past President

Current Not-For-Profit Directorships

The Atlantic Council, Director
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Director
National Symphony Orchestra, Director
U.S.-China Business Council, Director
The Richard Nixon Foundation, Director

Membership in Not-For-Profit Organizations

“A Few Good Women…”, Advisory Board Chair
Asia Society
The Committee for Economic Development
Council on Foreign Relations
International Women’s Forum
U.S.-China Policy Foundation
Women’s Forum of Washington, DC

Academic Institutions

Pennsylvania State University, Former Trustee
Harvard Business School, Former member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors