About this event

Build on your understanding of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) in part 2 of this informative salon series with Carol Coughlin and guest expert Isabelle Freidheim, chairman of the board of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp (one of the first all women SPACs). Together, they will explore the role of the sponsor in SPACs as well as common financial structures. Then, learn what SPACs are looking for in board members and how to navigate your way to successful SPAC board service—including how to approach your network about possible opportunities.


Carol Coughlin CEO/Founder

Carol is an experienced public 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 and Trusty Care. Following an IPO and after nomination to board chair, 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.

Isabelle Freidheim Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Isabelle Freidheim is co-founder and managing partner of Starwood VC and co-founder of Magnifi. She founded Athena Technology Acquisition Corp., a SPAC focused on taking a technology or direct to consumer company public. Isabelle is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur with a track record of investing in disruptive technology companies, including at The London fund, Mission OG and Starwood VC. She is involved in all aspects of the deal making process from sourcing to due diligence and operational support. Her current investments are focused on late stage, pre-IPO investments. Isabelle most recently co-founded FinTech and artificial intelligence company Magnifi, an investment platform powered by the only natural language search engine in the financial industry. Magnifi, which has a mission to democratize access to financial products, can best be understood as a “Amazon for investments” for the wealth management industry. David Pottruck (former CEO of Charles Schwab) serves as Magnifi’s executive chairman. Isabelle started her career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and then joined one of Invesco’s private equity funds to invest in European assets. She holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Financial Oversight

Understanding SPACs Pt 2

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

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