Experienced Board Directors

You are an established leader and experienced board director. Joining Athena is the most dynamic and pragmatic way to keep your finger on the pulse of the best developing boardroom practices, while also gaining access to an incredible community and even more board seats.

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What You Can Expect

Why join Athena Alliance?

$850

annual membership​

Platform Access
Exclusive Community
Learning Library
Opportunities
Virtual Salons

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.

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Features

Platform

Athena offers a cohesive digital environment, designed exclusively for busy senior women executives. Access to the opportunities and connections you need to advance your board service come together with the learning to keep you on top of industry best practices.

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 and together we take 6 degrees of separation to 1 to support our goals and interests collectively and individually.

Features

Virtual Salons

Experience live learning from board directors and leaders from some of the world’s most notable brands, two to three times a week. Or give back to rising C-suite leaders and board directors by hosting a salon to share your expertise. Topics range from board-level financial acumen, board committee essentials, 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, Athena’s learning content has the most up-to-date tips and best practices happening in modern boardrooms. Browse hundreds of lessons created by your peers—leading board directors and CEOs—including audio clips, interviews, white papers, and video.

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Features

Board and career opportunities

Find your next board seat with Athena. Every week, we post exclusive new board seats, CxO roles, advisory roles, and more. Athena shares every opportunity that comes our way with all members in our fully transparent model. We work directly with boards, private equity and venture firms, recruiting firms, and more.

Interested in Learning More?

Hear it from our Founder & CEO

Join Athena Founder & CEO Coco Brown in an upcoming webinar for a guided “tour” through our incredible community, and to learn how Athena can support your goals and advance your interests.

Are you eligible to be an Experienced Board Director?

Athena Experienced Board Directors have served on a commercial corporate board within the last 2 years and served on 2+ commercial corporate boards for at least 2 years.

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You choose your level of participation

We value your expertise and we appreciate Experienced Board Director who give back to our community. Our fee model is based on how much you choose to give back to the Athena community. Choose your level of participation to determine your membership fee.

Platform Access

$850

No mentoring or involvement required. Gain full access to Athena’s virtual community.

Trade Director

FREE

Host a Virtual Salon and mentor Athena members for a maximum of 10 hours over the course of a year.

What our 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

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