Executive Development for Companies

Invest in your executive bench strength. Athena’s Executive Development program empowers your top women leaders to elevate their impact as overarching stewards of business. Our approach is proven and pragmatic. We elevate, educate, and connect women as they rise into the C-suite or the boardroom.

Why Athena for Executive Development?

Retain your best talent

Invest in the continued success of your top female leaders.

Build your bench strength

Prepare for your company’s talent evolution at the top.

Deliver real-world expertise

Give your women leaders access to the best in real-world executive education.

Is Athena right for you?

Athena members are the top leaders in their industry. They are VP or above at commercial entities with $100M in revenue or more. At large enterprises, Athena members may be senior director or above. Athena women are also experienced board directors, partners or associates at investment firms, and CEOs building companies for scale.

Executive Development

A custom partnership to meet your goals

We will define a tailored roadmap for your senior women’s Executive Development. Each leader has a unique and personal experience as an Athena member, but we treat them as a cohort for you. We will define and track qualitative and quantitative metrics to ensure we are adding value and meeting your goals.

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Features

Personal Concierge

Women will work with a Personal Concierge who will proactively connect with them to evaluate and track their goals and interests. The Personal Concierge will also facilitate connections to other members and guide women leaders to the learning and opportunities best suited for them.

Community

An exclusive community of powerhouse senior leaders. Athena women are at the top of their companies, their professions, their industries. In the digital world, our numbers are powerful — coming together to support our goals and interests collectively and individually.

Curated Key Connections

Directly connect to other women leaders for just in time conversations – to practice for a key discussion or presentation, to gain insight on a topic, industry or discipline you need to understand, or to receive advice and guidance from someone who has “been there” with respect to a goal you want to achieve. Members on the Concierge Service plan receive proactive, personalized suggestions and connections.

Features

Exclusive virtual events

Experience live learning from board directors and leaders from some of the world’s most notable brands, two to three times a week. Topics range from the path to the boardroom, financial acumen, entrepreneurship, investing, and more.

Learning Library

Every live event is edited and condensed into bite-sized on-demand content, designed for today’s busy executives. Level up your knowledge with hundreds of content pieces created from the top women in business, from audio clips and interviews to white papers and video.

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Peer workshops & guided networking

Members can workshop, practice, and master the skills they need to rise through the ranks in these member-guided salons. Peer Workshops are held monthly, an opportunity to gather real-time feedback and polish verbal communication. And, guided networking allows members to form meaningful connections with other members around the world.

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Features

Board and career opportunities

Members gain access to open board seats, advisory roles, speaking engagements, and more. Whatever comes to Athena comes to our members. For board seats, we show members their likely percent match and encourage them to apply to any they feel qualified for.

Features

One-on-one coaching

Athena coaches are top in their fields. From board selection experts and go-to-market strategists to voice and presentation coaching and branding insights, gain the expert guidance to get closer to your goals.

Brand Package

Polished. Professional. Custom. Athena Brand Packages take your leadership story as an overarching steward of the business and puts it to paper. Our expert executive writing team will craft a CV, bio, and LinkedIn update that showcases your unique value proposition – for board seats or executive roles.

Insights and mentoring

Our executive development programs go beyond traditional leadership coaching. If your rising executives are interested in board service, the C-suite, or need to engage with your board, we can seamlessly connect them to experienced board directors. They will mentor your women leaders on a variety of topics, ranging from interviewing and strategic networking to how boards work and the range of challenges they tackle. Athena members become knowledgeable in real-world boardroom insights as well as strategic leadership, unlike any other coaching program on the market today.

What our corporate members are saying

“The first year for board searches can be daunting. It’s quite a different role from my day job. Athena offers a lot, and my personal concierge’s help in navigating me through the Athena services—and in particular specific contacts—has been extremely helpful.”

Barbara Nelson

VP Cloud Services, Software & Strategy @ Western Digital; Board Director @ Quantum

As an experienced bank director and university regent, I’m thrilled to be on this journey with Athena Alliance. It has personally been a sound connector to outstanding, like-minded women. I have participated as the organization has evolved over the years–forging strong alliances, increasing visibility and influence, and adding a commitment to race equity. I look forward to continuing to advocate for other women as Athena fearlessly advances.

Cindy Runger

University Regent @ Gonzaga University, Board Memer @ Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, IDRI, UniBank

As an Experienced Director in the Athena Alliance family, I have really appreciated the breadth of topics and the frequency of the Virtual Salons. Every aspect of Board service has been a topic of discussion, and I particularly applaud Athena Alliance for tackling the tough issues and challenges for Boards today. I ALWAYS walk away more knowledgeable.

Angela Archon

Board Director @ Switch, CommonSpirit Health

As an Experienced Director in the Athena Alliance family, I have really appreciated the breadth of topics and the frequency of the Virtual Salons. Every aspect of Board service has been a topic of discussion, and I particularly applaud Athena Alliance for tackling the tough issues and challenges for Boards today. I ALWAYS walk away more knowledgeable.

Laurie Benson

Executive Director @ Nurses on Boards Coalition; Board Director @ First Business Bank, Bassett Mechanical

I joined because Athena Alliance is relentless in the quest to ensure equal representation of women on boards. The network and the rich programming provide significant ongoing value for me. Additionally, Athena has introduced me to several companies looking for board directors with my experience. I’m interviewing for 2 incredible opportunities now that I would not have known about without Athena Alliance!

Kirsten Wolberg

Chief Technology & Operations Officer @ Docusign; Board Director @ CalAmp, Sallie Mae, Duco, Year Up, JVS

I joined Athena to be part of a network of women that are making a difference and to find the network to help me expand my board service. My membership has proven to be valuable for meeting amazing women, being exposed to possible board positions and for being a mentor and mentee.

Bobbi Kurshan

Board Director @ American Public Education, SpoonRead

“Athena is on the forefront of supporting women in their professional development and simultaneously connecting nominating committee chairs with highly qualified female candidates. It is clear Athena provides guidance to expand your network, posts notifications about board opportunities, and gives access to a suite of webinars that offer insights on topics relevant to new and experienced board members.”

Paula LuPriore

Board Director @ Semtech, WujiTech

“As a member of Athena, I have gained tremendous value through increased knowledge, networking with talented female executives, and access to unique board opportunities.”

Gail Marcus

Board Director @ Triple-S Salud, Natera

“Athena offers timely and relevant information to existing and upcoming board members. The networking and mentoring opportunities are invaluable.”

Mahvash Yazdi

President @ Feasible Management Company; Board Director @ NorthWestern Energy

“I joined Athena to gain further perspective on emerging board topics, to broaden my exposure to open board seats, and to enjoy engagement with this network of accomplished women. Athena has delivered fully on these goals! Athena members and outside experts lead informative, provocative, and engaging salons that often result in new 1:1 or small group connections. There is great momentum in the number of board opportunities presented to Athena members, thanks to a steady stream of new sources.”

Maria Garcia Nielsen

Board Director @ FEGEMU Group, Lontana Group, Grupo SANZ, 3Dental Cad-Cam

“Athena Alliance not only serves to identify opportunities but actually curates those opportunities based on understanding of it members’ unique background and expertise. This is a true differentiator for both potential board members and enterprises. Athena Alliance understands its members and can offer enterprises a true custom match. As a member, I have been selected for a board where I can truly contribute and make a real difference. This is the Athena hallmark!”

Edna Conway

VP Global Security, Risk & Compliance (Azure) at Microsoft; Board Director @ ProcessUnity

“I joined Athena Alliance because of the quality of the women they attract and my belief in their cause. As a member of Athena, I have learned how to be a more impactful board member and how to better represent myself. I have also met many accomplished and interesting women and have had an opportunity to share my experiences with other aspiring board members. It’s been a wonderful journey!”

Carol Meyers

Venture Partner @ Glasswing Ventures; Board Director @ Zipwhip

“I learned about Athena Alliance when a colleague recommended it to me. I joined Athena Alliance to gain access to board opportunities and to become a better board member through the many educational and informational programs they offer. I have applied for several board opportunities that I know I would not have been aware of if not for Athena.”

Carolyn Groobey

Board Director @ VHB, Everywhere Communications

“I am impressed by the focus on uplifting the community of women by enabling mentoring of board-ready women by experienced board members, educating women on board-readiness, and curating potential board member candidates for companies.”

Chitra Nayak

Board Director @ Morneau Shepell, Invitae, Intercom

“I joined Athena Alliance because the power of learning and networking with brilliant women across a broad variety of disciplines and industries allows me to continuously grow as an executive and board member. It also allows me to share with others what I have learned throughout my journey helping to coach and inspire women in the C-suite and board room.”

Randi Paikoff Feigin

Board Director @ SafeToNet, Pavement Recycling Systems

“The Athena Alliance is the only board-focused group that provides comprehensive services to get onto a board, i.e., from professional development to demand generation for board positions to board placement. Not only have I improved my professional skills but I’ve also secured two board placements since joining.”

Liz Tinkham

Board Director @ Particle, Athena Alliance

“I joined Athena to extend and expand my network of professional, accomplished women all dedicated to excellence in corporate governance. The weekly sessions have been invaluable as they present insightful, cutting edge topics/issues for all of us to consider.”

Anne Sheehan

Board Director @ L Brands, Cohn Robbins Holding Corp.

“While in search of my first board seat, I was introduced to Coco and the Athena Alliance. Athena helped to prepare me for professional board service through their networking, training, and assistance in preparing a comprehensive board package and marketing profile. All of this culminated in my first public board seat with Avalara in late 2018.”

Kathy Zwickert

Board Director @ Avalara

“I joined Athena Alliance because I believe in the power of women networking and helping each other. The members are incredibly talented, the community is tremendously supportive, and there is a strong flow of board opportunities of all shapes and sizes. I have benefitted from connecting with highly experienced board members who have helped me on my journey as well.”

Carol Coughlin

CEO/Founder @ BottomLine Growth Strategies; Board Director @ University of Maryland Medical Center, Trusty.care

“I joined Athena to gain further perspective on emerging board topics, to broaden my exposure to open board seats, and to enjoy engagement with this network of accomplished women. Athena has delivered fully on these goals! Athena members and outside experts lead informative, provocative, and engaging salons that often result in new 1:1 or small group connections. There is great momentum in the number of board opportunities presented to Athena members, thanks to a steady stream of new sources.”

Katharin Dyer

Founder/CEO @ PivotWise; Board Director @ Noora Health, Providence Health System, Grameen Foundation, Liquidity Services

I’m an aspiring board director, and Athena walked me through the whole process. They helped me distill why I’m interested in board service and what I bring to the table in the boardroom, as well as the more tangible pieces like reshaping my CV to be more appealing for a public or private company board.

Sharon Smith

Chief of Staff @ Ambac

I heard about Athena and was trying to assess whether it would be the right fit for me. Two things prompted me to join—first, while I am often the only woman and person of color in the room, after a series of strategic meetings I found myself longing for a community where others also provide diverse perspectives. Then I received an email from Coco about Athena’s commitment to diversity with very clear metrics of diversity goals. That’s what made it click: this is the right place for me.

Seujan Bertram

VP Global Operations @ OpenMarket, Board Director @ Seattle Credit Union

“Athena will be by my side as I learn how to be successful in my first board position, and map my experience to my next board opportunity. The portal, network, and access to other women who are committed to helping other women are incredibly beneficial.”

Jennifer Heard

SVP Global Strategic Partners @ Turbonomic, Board Director @ Virtuosity Consulting

“Athena Alliance is an organization you will want to join. A week does not go by when I don’t have an opportunity to recommend Athena to an executive, company, board or investor as the premier source of highly qualified business leaders and board members. Their unique combination of high value networking, content, resources and services is truly changing the landscape of today’s corporations and boardrooms. I am so proud to be an active and contributing member of this community of incredibly talented women who are demonstrating the power of real value creation for their stakeholders each and everyday.”

Gayle Crowell

Independent Board Director @ ResMan, Pliant Therapeutics, Evestnet, Hercules Capital

“My favorite thing about Athena is the connections I have made with amazing women leaders, some located on the other side of the country from me, who I would have never had the pleasure of meeting and networking with if it wasn’t for Athena.”

Kathy Kountze

SVP & CIO @ Eversource Energy, Board Director @ BRP

“Athena Alliance not only serves to identify opportunities but actually curates those opportunities based on understanding of its members’ unique background and expertise. This is a true differentiator for both potential board members and enterprises. Athena Alliance understands its members and can offer enterprises a true custom match. As a member, I have been selected for a board where I can truly contribute and make a real difference. This is the Athena hallmark!”

Edna Conway

VP, Global Security, Risk & Compliance—Azure @ Microsoft, Board Director @ ProcessUnity, YL Ventures (advisor)

“Since joining Athena, I have felt a synergy amongst the members that I have never felt before within a networking dynamic. The members and Athena team are really passionate about helping each other. They equally provide actionable details to assist you with your Board Member/Board Advisory journey and will connect you with individuals that can be the catalyst to further your efforts on securing said roles. You couldn’t ask for a more welcoming group of ladies that lock arms and help each other climb the ladder to their next career post!”

Gia Fisher

Global IT Partner @ M.I.A.G. LLC

“I have appreciated the coaching and Athena’s help in connecting me to women that have come before me and paved the way for all of us to have the leadership and business impact we strive to achieve. Athena Alliance worked with me every step of the way to the boardroom that allowed me to be more board confident and a more board-connected leader.”

Pam Connealy

CFO @ Immunovant; Board Director @ Orchestra BioMed

“My time with my coach was one of the most impactful 90 min coaching sessions I have ever attended. I walked away learning a lot about resources available, blind spots in how I position myself and the voice/ tone I could improve on to be able to fully articulate the value I bring to a board.”

Roli Saxena

Accelerator Member: CCO @ Brei; Board Director @ CultureAmp

“Athena is an organization that has changed my life for the better. Athena’s concierge service is unlike any other ‘women’s organization’ I have been a part of. I felt the Athena team truly wanted me to succeed and would do whatever possible to make it happen.”

Debbie Clifford

CFO @ SurveyMonkey; Board Director @ Harmonic

“Working with the team of professionals at the Athena was invaluable in helping prepare me for my board appointment. The support team are very knowledgeable, experienced and proactive, lending their support and expertise during every phase of the Board Search process. I’m thrilled to be working with such an empowering and impactful team.”

Kathy Miller

CFO @ Nitro, Inc.; Board Director @ Tecsys, Teleco Business Solutions

“I have been a member since 2018. Athena has been instrumental in helping me build my personal brand and pursue different board opportunities. My experience with the executive development coaches exceeded my expectations and boosted my confidence. Most importantly, I have enjoyed the personal connections I have made with other professional women.”

Carladenise Edwards

Chief Strategy Officer @ Henry Ford Health Systems

“The networking that I have done as I have connected with other highly successful women has been priceless. Even thinking of myself in that same “league” as some of these highly accomplished women has shifted my personal self perceptions and driven me to aspire to even higher expectations of myself and my future impact.”

Gavriella Schuster

Corporate VP One Commercial Partner @ Microsoft; Board Director @ ChinaSoft International

“Athena Alliance was instrumental in helping me land my first board role. I had plenty of opportunities to attend board related networking events and build a great network. Athena provides a plethora of valuable resources including access to potential board opportunities. I ended up being matched with a perfect opportunity that is aligned with my passion and expertise areas.”

Olga Braylovskiy

VP Technology, Customer Success HRBP & People Analytics @ Intuit; Board Director @ Built In

“The first year for board searches can be daunting. It’s quite a different role from my day job. Athena offers a lot, and my personal concierge’s help in navigating me through the Athena services—and in particular specific contacts—has been extremely helpful.”

Barbara Nelson

VP Cloud Services, Software & Strategy @ Western Digital; Board Director @ Quantum

“My favorite thing about Athena is the connections I have made with amazing women leaders, some located on the other side of the country from me, who I would have never had the pleasure of meeting and networking with if it wasn’t for Athena.”

Kathy Kountze

SVP & CIO @ Eversource Energy; Board Director @ BRP

“Athena is an incredible opportunity to connect with powerful executives, provide insightful development salons and coaches that will invest in your development and offer unconditional support for your goals. Athena is a requirement for all female executives who want to take their leadership to the next level.”

Lani Phillips

VP US Channel Sales @ Microsoft

“Athena helped me get the critical basics in place, like my board bio. Athena was willing to do whatever the organization could do to help me pull the pieces together that I so urgently needed to go through the board interview process.”

Patty Hatter

Board Director @ Qualys

“Athena has been a temendous resource for me in my capacity as NGC Chair and Member at several public company boards. The Athena team is proactive, accessible, and creative in sourcing strong diversity candidates for our consideration.”

Kimberly Alexy

Board Director @ Western Digital

“I started my journey with Athena nearly a year ago. This incredible community inspired me to shift my career in a meaningful way. The network and team of coaches that I was partnered with helped me to successfully make the leap from operator to investor — a move that I thought would take years to achieve.”

Katelin Holloway

Founding Partner @ 776

“Athena is an incredible opportunity to connect with powerful executives, provide insightful development salons and coaches that will invest in your development and offer unconditional support for your goals. Athena is a requirement for all female executives who want to take their leadership to the next level.”

Lani Phillips

VP US Channel Sales Organization @ Microsoft

“Athena Alliance was instrumental in helping me land my first board role. I had plenty of opportunities to attend board related networking events and build a great network. Athena provides a plethora of valuable resources including access to potential board opportunities. I ended up being matched with a perfect opportunity that is aligned with my passion and expertise areas.”

Olga Braylovskiy

VP of Technology, Customer Success, HRBP & People Analytics @ Intuit; Board Director @ Built In

“Athena has given me an incredibly high-quality peer group to network with and learn from. The connections I’ve made through Athena are with people who truly care about supporting each other and have the wisdom and experience to add value.”

Amy Bunszel

VP of Design & Ideation @ Autodesk; Board Director @ Pixelworks

“Athena Alliance is one of the best ventures in self-development that I have done. The aspiration and connection provided me with entry into a world I didn’t even know existed. I think every senior leader at Microsoft ought to have access to an experience like this.”

Gavriella Schuster

Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Software, Microsoft, Board Director @ Chinasoft

“It is so important for each of us to carve out personal time for us – us as leaders, women, mothers, sisters, aunts, and this list goes on. You make a difference to so many, and I encourage you to continue to invest in you and leverage the other great women that are part of our Athena community.”

Gail Hendrix

Director of Learning & Development @ USPS

My Athena experience spurred a deeper look at my career, resulting in a role change. In particular, the Athena coaches were especially insightful in helping me articulate and visualize my next step. It’s empowering to have trusted resources to lean on during times of reflection and change.

Linda Ho

CEOVice President, Culture and Capability @ Autodesk; Board Director @ Seattle Opera, Employee Relief Foundation

“I am extremely grateful for all of the help. I leveraged the Athena website and the content related to Board Selection as I prepared for many conversations and interviews over the past few months.”

Heidi Melin

CMO @ Workfront; Board Director @ SailPoint

“OpenView Venture Partners’ connection to the Athena Alliance and its network of powerful women is part of our strategic advantage. Over 80 percent of the candidates we have suggested to our portfolio CEOs for board seats in the last year have been women because of Athena Alliance.

Scott Maxwell

Senior Managing Director @ OpenView Venture Partners

“We believe helping our portfolio companies build strong, diverse boards provides tremendous value. Our partnership with Athena Alliance provides us with a unique opportunity to leverage Athena’s expertise in identifying highly-qualified women as independent directors for our portfolio company boards, and to amplify the impact of the female executives already in our portfolio.”

Kevin Masse

Chief Portfolio Officer @ TA Associates

“We have committed to take explicit action that helps our portfolio companies move toward gender equality. Partnering with Athena Alliance has expanded our pipeline and network of world-class female talent for independent board director and executive leadership roles and also provided unique learning opportunities for women executives in our portfolio.”

Greg Sands

Founding Partner @ Costanoa Ventures

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