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It can be uncomfortable to ask someone to mentor you - many people worry about being rejected or feeling awkward. In this salon, you'll learn how to identify and ask for mentorship from women you believe will be helpful to you and your board or career journey. Learn techniques from Athena Alliance executive coach, leadership expert and keynote speaker Tissa Richards to identify mentors who can be the most useful in your journey, approach others for formal or informal mentorship, and how to maximize the time spent together. And most importantly, learn how to do it all in a way that feels comfortable and authentic.
Tissa has navigated the tough world of entrepreneurship, fundraising, and executive leadership. She’s raised millions of dollars for her companies, won awards for her innovation and products (including the Dell Founders 50 Award), was the first partner technology featured on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s x86 mission-critical servers, and holds multiple patents for complex cyber security software. Top executives and companies trust Tissa to help them articulate their compelling, differentiated stories to get hired and stand out. She helps executives and founders develop leadership skills and launch companies. Tissa consults on brand, culture and product messaging for Fortune 2000 companies and startups, making the value of complex technologies clear to drive revenue and exit valuations. She also works passionately to increase the presence of women on corporate boards and remove gender as a perceived barrier to success. Tissa mentors founders, entrepreneurs, and aspiring board directors. Tissa Richards is also a contributor to business books, interviewed regularly by the likes of Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, and is an Expert Contributor to the Built In online technology community. She was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and also attended the University of Sydney, Australia. Tissa splits her time between Silicon Valley, and Austin TX. Board & Industry Skills: - Technology Startup Founder & CEO - Chairs CSR, D&I and Cybersecurity Committees - Executive Succession & Compensation - Strategic Development & Insight - Corporate Governance - Digital Transformation & Innovation - Cybersecurity - Emerging Technologies & Business Models - New Business Development - Intellectual Property Strategy (15 Patents) Experience & Expertise - Founds and funds software companies, raising ~$25M for companies in database and cybersecurity software - Architects and patents complex technologies, leads IP strategy to increase valuation and competitive differentiation - Negotiates technology and commercial partnerships for go to market acceleration (e.g. Intel, Dell, HPE) - Determines pricing and licensing models for B2B software (SaaS, PaaS, XaaS) for rapid growth and scale Secures board members from respected companies (e.g. Dell, AT&T, Intel, Palo Alto Networks) to bring strategic value and insight to startups - Distills and translates complex technical concepts for multiple stakeholders, including investors, board members, customers and partners Other Skills: - Industries: Hardware, Software, Mobile, Networking, Fintech, eCommerce - Branding and communications - Investment due diligence - Investor relations and communications - Strategic partnerships - Scalable business models - Software pricing models
As the head of learning and events for Athena Alliance, a SaaS-based learning platform for executive women, Priscilla creates the virtual environments necessary for executive leaders to show up as their authentic selves. Her focus is on building a community where members can connect in meaningful ways on the issues that matter most to them. She is the creator, host and producer of, "Voices of Athena", a podcast highlighting the personal stories behind the successful women that make up the Athena Alliance community.
Priscilla is committed to cultivating health and wellness in the workplace and leans into her 15 years of experience leading yoga and meditation to show up to every situation with a unique and compassionate perspective.
Finding Mentors Through Intentional Networking
Wed, Sep 28 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)
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