About this event

Manage your departure from a board position with grace with tips from Athena member Sharon Gabrielson, who has served on the Audit, Nom/Gov, and Compensation Committees of public companies including Sharps Compliance and Catasys (now Ontrak), Inc. It is possible to keep your reputation intact and maintain a good relationship with the board when resigning, which Sharon has done with successful results. She will share insights on how she knows it’s time to leave a board, what she wish she had known before resigning from her first board, and what she learned through the process.


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.


Sharon Gabrielson Former Chair of Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions

Sharon Gabrielson is President and CEO of SRG Associates, which provides advisory services to CEO’s, Boards of Directors, and Entrepreneurs on complex issues including board governance, strategy, scaling for growth, change management, and succession planning. She is also a public, and private Board Director and C-suite executive with over 30 years across product and services industry, delivering a successful record in general management of highly regulated businesses, strategy development, M&A, turnarounds, and scaling for growth. She has experience as a public companies’ member of Audit, Nominating & Governance, and Compensation Committees. Sharon brings value to public and private boards seeking scale, as an operations executive with domestic and international experience, a strong business acumen, and extensive leadership experience in governance, strategy, clinical and regulatory businesses operations, sales and marketing, and new product development. Sharon currently serves as Chairman of the Board and on the Compensation Committee for Sharps Compliance (NASDAQ: SMED), a medical waste company with $52M+ in revenue, as the first woman appointed to the board. She partnered with the CEO to develop the first 5-year strategic plan, with KPIs and scorecard reviewed quarterly. During her tenure as board chair, market cap has increased from $60Mto $120M. Sharon also serves as an Independent Director for Ethos Veterinary Health, a private PE backed, national veterinary health company as the first independent director appointed to the board. She was recently appointed to the Small Cap Institute Editorial Advisory Board. Previously she served as Board Director of Catasys (NASDAQ: CATS), as well as several other private, advisory, and not-for-profit boards.

Key Details

Board Self Oversight

Resigning From Your Board Role

Tue, Oct 20 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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