About this event

Join corporate governance and securities law attorneys Beth Boland and Jessie Lochmann of Foley & Lardner LLP for a dynamic conversation on trends in corporate governance for both public and private companies in today’s crisis-filled landscape. Learn best practices for managing, mitigating and overseeing corporate risks as well as benchmarking best practices in risk oversight effectiveness at the board level. They will guide Athena members in understanding how best to navigate the board’s responsibilities relating to current topics on every director’s mind, from human capital to racial and social justice matters to COVID-related matters including supply chain, liquidity, operational issues, consumer demand and trends in litigation and beyond. They will also explore how companies are managing the disclosure of these important financial and operational and stakeholder issues to various constituencies important to the corporations’ success.


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.


Beth Boland Chair, Securities Enforcement and Litigation Group and Vice Chair, Litigation Department

Leading practitioner and thought leader on securities and corporate governance issues, and consumer class actions. Advise corporate boards and lead internal investigations and the defense of SEC and AG enforcement actions involving whistleblower claims, financial fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance issues, and shareholder disputes. President of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in securities litigation, noting “her extremely detailed and in-depth knowledge is invaluable.” Also named one of the state’s “most influential lawyers” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and one of the Top 50 Massachusetts Women Lawyers by Boston Magazine for multiple years. Former President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA). Recognized leader on issues affecting women in the legal profession and women who are victims of abuse.

Jessie Lochman Corporate Partner

Corporate Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP with an emphasis in securities law, corporate governance, capital markets transactions and mergers & acquisitions. Active in Foley's recruiting and diversity efforts. Also active in non-profit organizations within the Milwaukee community, with a focus on those organizations focusing on the health and education of children and families. Recipient of the Wisconsin Law Journal’s “2014 Woman of the Year” award for her efforts to promote women in law firms and on corporate boards and The Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award in 2012. Included in the 2006-2010 lists of Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for her mergers & acquisitions work. Recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine as a "Top 100 Under 50" Executive Leader in 2015.

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Corporate Governance and Disclosure Issues in the Age of Crises

Thu, Sep 17 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)

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