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Join Carmel Gavin, CHRO of Stripe the #2 global unicorn, and Coco Brown, founder & CEO of Athena in this fireside chat to explore the integration of corporate culture across the globe. With 5,000 employees operating in 13 locations globally, Stripe is an Irish-American financial services and software as a service company dual-headquartered in San Francisco, United States, and Dublin, Ireland. Coco and Carmel will explore the challenges and opportunities in building a global culture, not dominated by the norms and ways of any one country. We’ll leave plenty of time open for discussion.  CHRO Perspectives is a monthly forum exclusive to Athena members and CHRO leaders and heads of learning and development (all genders). Each month, Athena founder & CEO, Coco Brown, hosts a fireside chat with an HR innovator, focusing wholly on executive development trends, workforce management, human capital thought leadership, and more.  If you are an Athena member and you missed our last session with Amy Reichanadter of Databricks discussing leadership development in hypergrowth you can find it in our member library on-demand.  This event is invite-only. Please reach out to [email protected] if you would like to be considered.


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.


Carmel Galvin Chief People Officer

Carmel is a global human resources leader, Board Member and Chief People Officer who brings 20+ years of strategic HR leadership, consulting and executive experience in fast-growing global software and financial technology organizations including Stripe, Autodesk, Deloitte and Glassdoor. As a consultant with multiple Fortune 500 and 100 companies, She has seen first-hand what makes those companies successful. She is known for her ability to analyze and recognize patterns to determine where solutions and strategies have and have not worked. She advises executive teams and boards on a broad range of organizational and leadership challenges including succession planning, leadership development, organization scaling and cultural transformation initiatives.

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CHRO Perspectives with Carmel Galvin

CHRO Perspectives with Carmel Galvin

Fri, Sep 24 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hr)

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