Athena Speakers and Thought Leaders

Athena women are experts in their fields and hail from some of the world’s most innovative and impactful brands. They are prepared and experienced to step onto a bigger stage such as a conference, an intimate business dinner, a newsroom, an advisory role, and more.

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Why Athena for speakers and thought leaders?

The highest-caliber network of women leaders

Membership in Athena is highly selective and well-vetted. Every member is an experienced thought leader.

A broad range of expertise

Athena members can speak to topics from entrepreneurship and scaling up to finance, current events, and management best practices. Our members span every function of senior leadership and cross every business model.

Carefully sourced and selected

We will thoughtfully source members to meet your needs.

No speaking fees

Leverage elite women leaders at zero cost.

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.

How it works

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What our partners are saying

“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 has delivered incredible speakers for some of our most important events. They captivated the audience with incredible content and stage presence. Working through Athena has made it so easy to expand my network of top women executives.”

Nick Mehta

CEO @ Gainsight

“Athena makes it easy to connect with strong female leaders, whom I wouldn’t have otherwise crossed paths with. I’ve worked with them to source incredible women for events, conferences, speaking engagements, curated dinners, and more! They make the process fast and effortless and I’d highly recommend them.”

Casey Renner

VP of Executive Network @ OpenView Venture Partners

“The Athena community offers the highest quality speakers if you’re looking for top-notch women executives for prominent events, conferences, or exclusive dinners. We’ve used them regularly for C-suite speakers, allowing us to dramatically increase the number of female thought leaders on our stages and in our audiences.”

MR Rangaswami

Managing Director @ SandHill Road

“Coco and the Athena Alliance were a superb partner for us at the Hiring Success conference. They didn’t just show up, they helped shape the experience by bringing 11 world class executives who delivered powerful content that ranged from scaling enterprises, to running a boardroom, to running an effective DE&I program. Hiring Success would not have been the same without Coco and her team.”

Roy Baladi

Former Head of Communications @ SmartRecruiters

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

Athena members are the best in business

Athena members are women leaders, investor partners, CEOs, board directors, and founders. They span all functions, industries, and business models and are poised to deliver incredible value to public and private boards and C-suite teams. 

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