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Have you ever needed a sounding board for your audit committee work? Are you wondering if your experiences are best practices? Join us for a peer discussion with corporate board audit committee members from within our Athena Alliance membership. Please bring with you a best practice from your audit committee work & think about what you would want to get out of participating in a peer group quarterly. Rules of engagement - we need to make this a safe place to speak. Chatham House rules; what is said in this group, stays in this group. Sessions are not recorded, not part of the library.

Who it's for:

Audit Committee Members

What you'll gain:

  • Practical perspectives, insights, best practices, and challenges from your peers
  • Expand your network and connect on important personal themes
  • Actionable takeaways to implement in your personal and business practice

What to expect:

  • A topical theme each month with guided questions
  • 10 minute introductory remarks, 50 minutes in a breakout group of max 5-7 members
  • No expert guest - you are all the expert guests!
  • No slides/decks or AV and a loosely structured dialogue
  • Sessions will not be recorded or added to the Athena library - this is all about open, honest, and supportive dialogue.

Time commitment: 1 hour meeting quarterly


Katrinka McCallum Board Member

Katrinka McCallum bridges business and technology to scale enterprises toward billion-dollar expansion. As a key executive leader of Red Hat, Inc., she drove business unit, customer experience and product operations teams, helping the company scale from $400MM to over $3.5B and setting the stage for its blockbuster $34B acquisition by IBM in 2019—one of the largest tech deals in history. Katrinka’s software career has spanned roles as general manager of business units as well as leading sales, marketing, product development, operations and finance teams. An inquisitive, lateral thinker, she is widely recognized for delivering deep business insights, technological savvy and financial acumen honed as a CPA and Big 4 auditor, envisioning and driving cross-functional strategies that transform teams for peak performance and consistently delivering on the bigger business picture.

She is an active board member with recent appointments to board of directors and audit committee for INTRUSION Inc. (Nasdaq: INTZ) and by Governor Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation. Her prior board director roles include the North Carolina Technology Association, Round Pond, a Red Hat, Inc. subsidiary board, Micromuse, Inc. (Nasdaq: MUSE) and advisory board member to start-up tech companies. Katrinka is exploring opportunities to further contribute her experience and insights to a diverse portfolio of corporate boards.

Known for her high integrity, exceptional EQ and deep interpersonal skills, Katrinka is a technologically savvy executive with broad management experience who fluently speaks both “business” and “tech.” She has demonstrated particular strength in rallying and fostering teams to deliver customer value and drive substantial, sustainable growth. In her roles as vice president of operations at Red Hat, first overseeing its Platform business unit, the company’s largest business unit, ramping to $1B revenue and then doubling again, to a larger role across Products & Technologies, she scaled operations, systems and leadership capabilities. She transformed a 200+ Engineering Operations team to increase productivity and modernize software delivery. Knowing the complexity of the portfolio and markets served, she led data analytics adoption and enterprise planning to align resource investments and catalyzed automation to reduce customers effort to try, buy and renew subscriptions.

According to IBM President Jim Whitehurst, who was Red Hat CEO prior to their IBM acquisition, “Katrinka will be a great board member for a technology company or a company where technology is becoming a major part of the business. She has a great perspective on the impact of technology on businesses. She knows how to optimize a business for both innovation and efficiency, and for a changing world. Her background in investor relations gives her a perspective on how businesses create value, and an ability to translate that into messaging Wall Street will understand.”

Leveraging her CPA foundation along with being grounded in M&A, investor relations and risk management throughout her career, Katrinka could be particularly impactful serving on an Audit Committee. She earned an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, and a Certificate in Accounting from Northeastern University. Katrinka was the founding leader of her collegiate rugby team, recognized as a leading woman in the tech sector, and particularly honored receiving the Service Member Patriot Award.

Carol Coughlin CEO/Founder

Carol Coughlin is an experienced public and PEG company board leader, board and audit committee chair, and is highly skilled in corporate governance, including board refreshment, strategic alternatives and M&A for growth and highly regulated companies. She is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD) and sits on the boards of the University of MD Medical Center, Hopebridge, GoodCap Pharmaceuticals and Trusty Care. Following an IPO and after nomination to board chair of a public community bank, she led the board through acquisitions that doubled the size of the company, followed by a merger with a larger company. A qualified “financial expert”, she is an accomplished healthcare CFO with a track record of achieving profitability through growth, highly successful turnarounds and M&A. She is known as an energetic, collaborative leader and a quick learner in both organizational and board settings. In 2006, Carol launched BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc., a growth advisory firm helping CEOs of privately held companies to transform enterprise value through best practice financial and operations strategies. Carol is a graduate of Loyola University in MD (MBA) and Towson University (BS Business), is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD), and a Certified Public Accountant.

Athena Alliance

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Key Details

Peer Group: Audit Committee

Fri, Oct 07 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hr)

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