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What our investor partners and CEOs are saying

“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

“Within two weeks, Athena Alliance provided over 100 incredible candidates for Greycroft’s inaugural board networking session. Over a third of these candidates were selected to meet with Greycroft CEOs during the event and over half of the selected candidates are in further discussions to potentially join Greycroft boards. Not only did Athena provide top-notch candidates but the team was responsive, strategic, and creative. Greycroft could not have pulled off this event without Athena Alliance.”

Hannah Shore

Platform Director @ Greycroft

Athena is a rich resource for thought leaders, women who are doing incredible work as executives and board members. I’ve relied on their network to source incredible speakers for high-profile events focused on technology, strategy, and digital transformation. The team at Athena knows their network well and makes the process so easy.

Erin Essenmacher

Board Director @ Docs in Progress, Former NACD President

Is Athena right for you?

Athena members are the top leaders in their industry. They are in the C-suite or surround the C-suite. They may be CEO, or sit three or less reports away from the CEO at commercial entities. At large enterprises, Athena members may be senior director or above. Athena women are also experienced board directors, rising investment partners or partners at investment firms or consulting firms.

Why partner with Athena?

Access a network of world-class talent

Our ecosystem is more than 5,000 strong and growing. We offer unlimited, curated introductions to female executives for thought leadership, network expansion, voice of the customer, and more.

Develop your women executives

Advance and retain your top female talent, from the VP ranks to the boardroom. Ensure your women leaders can operate at their highest level by investing in our custom leadership coaching and robust member-to-member support.

Train your portfolio CEOs

Athena can engage with private equity and venture capital firms as a guest at CEO summits, executive events, and LP meetings as an expert on the modern boardroom. From workshops to fireside chats, we cover topics such as the path to the boardroom, board compensation, succession planning, and more.

Find board matches, fast

We are experts in board construct and strategy. Athena has supported over 100 board matches in just three years.

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Programs tailored to your needs

Our investor programs are fully customized for your firm’s needs. Some focus on portfolio leadership education; some on access to talent; some offer a combination. We’ll help you design the program that’s best for you.

Network expansion

Athena can meaningfully extend your firm and portfolio’s access to top diverse female talent for board seats, CxO roles, advisors, voice of the buyer, and more. Work with a single point of contact within Athena to discuss your priorities and track your connections and goals.

Boardroom development

Athena’s top tier executive coaches and boardroom experts, including Athena’s CEO, are available for a range of group training designed to help future board directors develop the right skills for the role. We can also help current board directors build boards that are a competitive advantage. Our training covers topics such as talent structure, meeting structure, best practices, and more. Augment your training with one-on-one coaching hours for “just in time” consultation.

Female executive development

Engage the individual female leaders in your firm and within your portfolio companies in the best executive development program designed to turn functional executives into overarching stewards of business.

Build your plan

Athena’s custom proposals range from one-time starter engagements for free or nominal fees to annual programs, typically from $10K to $50K.

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Ready to engage Athena’s expert board recruitment team under our success fee model? Let’s set up a call to get started.

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Businesses of all sizes turn to Athena for support in developing their executives, diversifying their leadership, and transforming their board into a competitive advantage.

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Athena activates the connections, knowledge, and opportunities executive leaders need to break through the barriers that line the “last mile” of their career – to the C-suite, boardroom, or the world of entrepreneurship and investing.