About this event

The importance of increasing diversity on public and private sector boards in the 21st century is more clear now than ever before. Join Ann Frohman as she reveals her story and reminds us that the previous “conventional” historic pathways to the board room have also served as barriers. This discussion will focus on the path to directorship and how we can utilize different passages to change our future for the better. Charting new paths that are unique can bring diversity in experience and value as we continue to grow. Join your fellow Athena members and take advantage of Frohman’s encouragement—an exciting reminder as the trend in the path to directorship continues to shift and expand.


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.


Ann Frohman M&A Regulatory Counsel, Insurance, Government

Ann M Frohman began her career as an attorney with the Nebraska Department of Insurance in 1990 where she later served as State Risk Manager, General Counsel and Deputy Director.  In 2007, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman appointed her Director of Insurance.  Ms. Frohman became instrumental in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Solvency Modernization Initiative, developing group-wide model laws for enterprise risk and a global supervisory college structure. This work culminated in her testimony before Congress on the regulatory response to the Financial Crisis of 2008.In 2010, Ms. Frohman joined Physicians Mutual and Physicians Life Insurance Companies as SVP of Government and Industry where she successfully lobbied Congress on federal budget legislation impacting insurance products. In 2012, Ann M Frohman opened a boutique corporate and regulatory law practice to represents insurers, trade associations, a Fortune 10 client and state and federal regulatory agencies. She is a regular speaker on insurance public policy. Ms. Frohman is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and its College of Law. She holds a managerial accounting certification from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Ms. Frohman is licensed to practice law in Nebraska and Iowa. Currently, Ms. Frohman serves as Chair/Lead Director of Resolution Life US, and on the boards for Ameritas Mutual Insurance Holding Company, Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, and various subsidiaries of each of these entities.

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Career Moves

From Public Sector to the Board Room

Tue, Jun 15 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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