About this event

INVITE ONLY: Athena and Bank of America would like to invite women of color to join a networking session to enhance relationships across Athena's diverse community. Bank of America made a sizable donation to Athena in 2020 to support women of color to join Athena through Athena's Access Fellowship. To compliment this, Bank of America invited select multicultural women leaders to join Athena as well. Today, Athena is 35% racially diverse with women of color from all industries and senior leadership roles, and across many regions nationally and internationally. Join us for a facilitated networking session designed to create connections across this diverse community.


Zoa Ordóñez SVP, D&I Consultant - Women's Development Strategy

Zoa is a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant responsible for empowering high-potential women through mindset-shifting development opportunities. She leads the women's development strategy, including driving programmatic innovations and managing the Women's Executive Development Program and the Women's Next Level Leadership Program. Zoa has also spent time in manager development – specifically supporting strategic initiatives to assist in the development of highly effective mid-level managers in a flatter organization. Zoa joined joining Bank of America in September 2017 from PepsiCo, where she worked as a succession planning and talent analytics consultant. In that role, she delivered leadership development insights to assist with the succession planning for PepsiCo’s Top 100 executive roles. Zoa earned her Doctorate degree in Organizational Science and Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focused on how cultural differences at work influences employees’sense of belonging to the organization. She is a member of HOLA Charlotte, the Association for Talent Development, and the Society for Industrial- Organizational Psychology. Zoa is originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras but she has lived in the United States for 15+ years. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and dog.

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.

Key Details

Relationship Building

Networking Event: Multicultural Women of Athena and Bank of America (INVITE ONLY)

Thu, Jun 24 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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