About this event

The true impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US have not yet been fully realized in the boardroom. Looking forward to the 2021 proxy season,  Athena member Sabrina N. Hannam, Advisory Board Member of Structured Finance, Opal Group, shares how your company should prepare for an era where we are rethinking the role of the corporation in society. She will explain why certain topics will be central boardroom conversations this year—and how your company can prepare for stakeholder governance and ESG reporting expectations in 2021.


Coco Brown CEO

Coco is founder and CEO of Athena Alliance. Prior to her current roles, Coco served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, ebay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank. Coco brings rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and Board member to Athena. She possesses a unique understanding of the breadth of challenges and opportunities of leadership. She empowers leaders to execute successfully, working with them to develop the relationship between a company’s strategy and its organizational design and environment. Coco’s expertise in developing and strengthening these important linkages makes her a powerful C-level advisor and Board member. In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, Coco served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Coco was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.


Sabrina Hannam Attorney At Law

Sabrina Hannam is a recognized financial services industry C‐Suite leader and Board advisor with a strong history across all facets of finance and experience in advising companies with corporate finance, aircraft financings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, and risk assessment. Ms. Hannam’s extensive practical and technical expertise in navigating the aerospace market through regulatory change and major transactions offers Board of Directors important perspective on the evolving financial services industry and regulatory environment. Ms. Hannam gained extensive experience presenting to the Board of Directors on Executive Compensation since the inception of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and interacting with audit committees. Ms. Hannam has been a corporate governance leader throughout her career as advisor for Onex Corporation, UBS AG in connection with Aerfunding 1 Limited, TPG Credit Management, L.P. for Flybe Airline, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citicorp North America, Inc., Mizuho Corporate Bank, Bank of America, N.A. and Deutsche Bank AG, London; highlights include the $2,650,000,000 acquisition of 102 commercial aircraft, 11 Airbus airplanes by Aviation Capital Group Corp. Ms. Hannam’s experience in private equity has afforded her a deepened exposure to understanding varied business models, practices, strategies and environments and assessing value in both established and emerging markets. Most recently, Ms. Hannam serves as Chief Legal Officer to various start-ups and technology companies. Previously, Ms. Hannam served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with operational P&L responsibility for her multi million dollar eponymous company, a boutique advisory firm focused on delivering growth through both profitability and purpose for the financial services industry. Ms. Hannam has served as trusted advisor to the international financier and Chairman of the Board of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets to evaluate a key strategic business unit of a separate company. Ms. Hannam’s corporate boardroom deliberations include mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, a spin-off, and post-merger integration implementation. Following her last consulting role advising Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. a highly regulated business under pressure to transform, Ms. Hannam left to start her firm to fuel her passion for helping businesses grow by providing strategy, leadership and guidance to clients in this fast‐changing financial services environment. Ms. Hannam began her career as corporate attorney and board advisor at major New York law firms including, Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer LLP where she was responsible for a diverse portfolio of international businesses that spanned a variety of heavily regulated and consumer based industries, including aerospace, health care and pharmaceuticals; highlights include collaborating with the CEO and advising the board of directors on the acquisition and setting the table for an Initial Public Offering of the common stock of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. Ms. Hannam serves as Lecturer in Corporate Finance at Columbia University Graduate School of Professional Studies. Ms. Hannam is also a business mentor to early-stage founders including the Echoing Green Foundation that uses the venture capital investment model to earn a total of $5.7BN. Ms. Hannam holds a Certificate in Business and Public Policy in the Wharton Certificate Program from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, was a Juris Doctorate candidate at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and is a graduate of John Jay College.

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Corporate Oversight

2021 Proxy season

Wed, Mar 24 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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