Well-rounded executives with highly honed leadership skills make the most effective board directors and provide the fastest time to value as they onboard. Rather than focusing narrowly on securing “X” number of board seats in “Y” time period, take a broader approach and invest in broadening and sharpening your skills as an executive leader. What kind of skills? - Articulate and communicate your value proposition - Operate with presence and gravitas - Hone your executive communications skills - Identify your leadership skills and values to handle difficult situations or people - Easily resolve conflict, have hard conversations, or mediate disputes What benefits will you see? - You’ll develop thought leadership and credibility - You’ll establish a reputation and be considered and referred for positions - You’ll increase your chances of securing board seats when you interview, and reduce TTV when you onboard In this salon, Athena Executive Coach Tissa Richards will share the importance of approaching your board journey from an intentional, broad perspective. You’ll learn how to build executive leadership and communications skills to increase your board readiness. And, you’ll understand how sharpening these skills benefits both your board journey and your executive career.
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.
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
Honing the Skills for Your Board Journey
Tue, Jan 19 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
Virtual (RSVP for link)