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One of the best ways to advance as a senior leader is to become known as an executive "utility player". In sports, a utility player is someone you can move around the field, someone competent and reliable in a variety of roles. Julie Cullivan is an Executive Utility Player. She built a reputation as someone who could build functions from scratch, or take over underperforming functions or groups and make them work. With that foundation, she eventually became known as an executive to hand any group that needed a leader. Join her as she shares with you her path from executive over Sales Operations, to IT, to HR, to the Boardroom. Julie understands the business holistically, because she's played a variety of roles in it. She's seen the field from a number of vantage points, and that makes her highly sought after as someone who can oversee it all.


Julie Cullivan Former Chief People & Technology Officer

Julie is the first chief information officer at Forescout Technologies, the leader in device visibility and control. Prior to Forescout, she was the first chief information officer at FireEye. During her tenure at Forescout, she has built a digital and security strategy for the company as well as leads the cross functional transformation from a software company to a software as a service company. In 2018, Julie was asked to take on the additional role of Chief People Officer to ensure Forescout can attract, retain, and develop employees in a culture and environment that allows them to do their best work. She has held a variety of leadership roles in Go-to-Market and Business Operations in some of the largest enterprise software brands. Julie is a frequent speaker on digital transformation, cyber-security, leadership and diversity. She is a board member at Axon and a board observer at

Ms. Cullivan holds a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University.


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.

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The Utility Player Approach to Advancing at the Executive and Board level

Tue, Jan 10 @ 5:00pm PT (1 hr)

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