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About this event

At a time when women fill just 15% of general partner roles and women receive just 1% of venture investment, women investors must come together to collaborate, learn, and help each other rise. Join us for a monthly Peer Group to create connections among women in venture investing, identify opportunities for collaboration, and provide a personal advisory board to explore the challenges and opportunities we face. Together, we will empower more women to thrive as professional investors and drive more capital toward women-led companies.

Chatham House rules; what is said in this group, stays in this group. Sessions are not recorded and will not be part of the library.

Who it’s for: Professional Private Investors, Partners in Venture Funds/PE Firms

What you’ll gain:

  • Help Professional Women Investors connect, collaborate and learn
  • Creating relationships and connections
  • Identify investors with similar focus areas for opts to co-invest, syndicate deals 
  • Provide a personal advisory board to explore challenges and opportunities we face
  • Enable more women to thrive as professional investors 
  • Drive more capitol towards women led companiese

What to expect:

  • A topical theme each meeting with guided questions
  • 10 - 15 minutes introductory remarks, 50 minutes in a breakout group of max 5-7 members
  • We may invite some expert guests selectively!
  • 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 every other month/ 3rd Friday of the month at 9am PT


Lilia Shirman CEO

Lilia is a tech industry executive, investor, and thought leader. She is currently Venture Partner at West Coast Equity Partners, a growth equity firm focused on tech companies that are transforming markets, lives, and the world. She is also Founder and Managing Director at Falcon Peak Capital, which aims to broaden access to highly sought-after private deals. Lilia raised her first fund, Scale-up Unicorn Fund I in 2021, with investments in Pipe, Datarobot, OpenWeb,, Pacaso and over 20 other leading unicorns. Lilia is also CEO at The Shirman Group, a strategy advisory that has shaped revenue growth strategies for industry leaders including VMware, EMC, Amazon, and Oracle as well as for many growth-stage companies. Previously, Lilia served as an operational leader in sales, marketing, strategic alliances, solutions development, strategy formulation, manufacturing operations, and supplier management. Most recently Lilia was turn-around CMO at MariaDB, where she helped transform the open-source database company’s business model and revenue generation capabilities. Lilia literally wrote the book on customer relevance, 42 Rules for Growing Enterprise Revenue, and is a frequent speaker on maximizing corporate value. She holds a BS in engineering from US Berkeley and was an Honors Cooperative Fellow at Stanford where she earned an MS in Management Science.


Athena Alliance

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Key Details

Peer Group: Women in Venture

Fri, Dec 16 @ 1:00pm PT (1 hr)

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