About this event

People who are successful at work aren’t just smart or hard-working, they actually have higher levels of emotional intelligence (EQ), which in turn results in social intelligence (SQ). EQ was already considered essential to the development of inclusive corporate cultures, employee engagement, and innovation prior to the two great events of 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic and the catalyst to a focus on racial equity prompted by George Floyd's death. But with those events, the rise of the stakeholder over shareholder, and the growing integration of multi-generational, multicultural, diverse workplaces and processes, EQ is more important than ever. This interactive session will share surprising findings on the impact of variety (generational, cultural, neurological, etc.) on the work environment. We’ll also discuss EQ best practices for supporting the modern workplace's wellness and engagement to drive innovation, productivity, and performance now and in the future.  


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.


Susan Holliday Senior Advisor

Susan Holliday is a global strategic financial services leader who leverages extensive knowledge of capital markets, emerging markets, insurance and technology developments to deliver successful strategies for global financial services institutions including UBS, JP Morgan, Swiss Re and World Bank. She has a unique ability to spot emerging trends early and implement strategies to capitalize on business opportunities and manage risks. Susan is an expert in the application of data analysis and new technologies for growth and profitability, in both developed and emerging markets. She is an expert, author and speaker on risk management, fintech and insurtech, AI and emerging markets. Susan is ready to serve as a qualified financial expert on the Audit Committee for a board looking to take advantage of new technologies and/or strengthen risk management in mature or emerging markets. As Head of Reinsurance Strategy for $33.7 billion revenue Swiss Re (SWX: SREN), Susan served as part of the Reinsurance Management Team, the global executive management team running 80% of Swiss Re’s business, with $24.5 billion in premiums, $20 billion in shareholders’ equity and more than $3 billion in average net income. She led the global strategy for the Reinsurance business unit, including identifying business opportunities across all business lines, with different client groups and in emerging markets. As Head of Investor Relations, Susan was the key spokesperson to investors, rating agencies and Swiss Re clients. She worked closely with the Board on reporting and disclosure and led the work on the company’s new compensation structure, liaising with the Chairman, proxy agencies and investors, leading to a 97% vote in favor. In addition, Susan served as a Board member and Chair of the internal supervisory committee of Swiss Re Brazil, and on the UK regulated Board of Swiss Re Capital Markets. She worked extensively with, and regularly presented to, the Swiss Re Group Board and Audit Committee, and served as a member of the Finance Management Team and the Control and Disclosure Committee. Since 2016, Susan has served as Principal Industry Specialist and Senior Advisor for International Financial Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She directed the strategy for IFC’s insurance investments and advisory business and led the expansion into insurtech. Susan led the IFC Women and Insurance program in Asia and Africa which works with insurance companies looking to grow their business profitably by addressing the women’s market. She served as a Board member and advisor for IFC investee company Glitterbug, an Indian fintech company that owns the second largest online insurance broker in India, and advised IFC portfolio company boards on technology and digital strategy. Previously, Susan was Director, Equity Research and Specialist Sales for UBS Investment Bank (NYSE: UBS and SWX: UBSG) covering the global insurance industry. Additional roles included JP Morgan, Banque Paribas and Touche Ross. She serves as a non-resident scholar for the Insurance Information Institute, an industry association of the leading players in the US insurance market. Susan is an Advisory Board member of the insurtech fund Eos, and telematics start-up Indenseo. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford, England, and participated in the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. She is a UK Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member, Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI). She is a Liveryman with Worshipful Company of Insurers and was named one of the 2013 Women to Watch by Business Insurance Magazine.

Andrea Bastiani Archibald Advisory Board Member

Andrea Bastiani Archibald, PhD is a developmental psychologist, thought leader and board member. She works with purpose-driven brands to engage and further the well-being, passions and potential of their teams, customers and stakeholders while advancing business objectives and driving social impact. Andrea speaks as an authority on child development and family dynamics, leadership, diversity and inclusion, the intersection of social, emotional and physical health, and cultural influences on youth. She is currently serving as a both a psychologist and strategic advisor to two different educational technology start-ups: Tribal Planet, Inc. in Silicon Valley, and T.A.G. (The Anxiety Game), in Dallas, TX. Andrea was an executive at Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) for over 10 years, where she oversaw the Research Institute, developed and implemented national strategic initiatives and partnerships to better serve the needs of today’s girls and families. She was the national spokesperson for the organization, authored numerous program resources, and provided the child development expertise that powers the popular Raising Awesome Girls hub on GSUSA’s website. Prior to joining GSUSA, Andrea was an assistant professor of psychology at Concordia College. Over the years, her work has been published in numerous academic volumes and peer-reviewed journals in the fields of child and adolescent development, including the Journal of Research on Adolescence and the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Her expertise has earned her media appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, NPR, BuzzFeed, and Mashable, and in such publications as the Washington Times, Fast Company, and Parents magazine. Andrea received her doctoral and postdoctoral training at Columbia University’s National Center for Children and Families. During this time, she was also a Mellon fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where she researched and developed programs for girls and women with anxiety, obsessive compulsive and eating disorders.

Key Details

Thought Leadership and Presence

EQ and SQ in the C-suite and the Boardroom

Thu, Jan 21 @ 10:00am PT (1 hrs)

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