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About this event

Many businesses that start small undergo a sudden change at an exponential rate. Adequately scaling your business without having a strong foundation in place can lead to some significant faults. Join Jennifer Simpson in this discussion to understand how governance and board service may differ depending on the stage of a company. Learn to refine which phase of a firm you would like to work with as a board member, and what to expect as a company matures. Become an expert on the evolution of a business’s life-cycle, related funding, and governance. 


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.


Jennifer Simpson Executive Director, Finance Leaders Fellowship

Jennifer Simpson has been in seats at many tables - both as a board member and reporting to boards in for-profit (private and public), non-profit, and military settings. As a private equity investor partnering with industrial businesses on their strategic plans, and prior to that as a commercial banker, Jennifer learned the ropes on investing in and operating businesses. She was also the FINRA designated executive for a new broker dealer affiliated with a family of publicly traded BDC’s. Then through developing leaders via the Aspen Fellowship where she was founding executive director, she's upped the ante around leadership to move beyond high-integrity and effective, to also focus on leading in an enlightened way. At the Aspen Institute and also as CFO and EVP of Operations at another large non-profit, she reported to non-profit boards and has also served herself on the executive committee of a non-profit affiliated STEM secondary education. Jennifer studied economics at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, financing it with a four-year U.S. Army ROTC scholarship and then served four years on active duty as a Lieutenant. Her MBA is from Case Western Reserve University. Jennifer serves on the advisory board for Industrial Exchange, a community of private equity firms and the leaders of their companies. She has also helped raise her 2 children, now studying in college and grad school, on a great path to being good citizens.

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How to Prepare Your Small Business For Growth

Thu, Sep 16 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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