I had the honor of joining Athena through its fellowship program. We all want to be valuable and successful board members (I am aiming for a seat on a public company board), but we also want to help each other along the way — which is the foundation of Athena Alliance. I deeply admire Athena’s spirit of transparency: transparency of dialogue, transparency of opportunities, and openness within the community.
It’s a safe sandbox to ask questions about things you don’t know, but would like to know — and may be less inclined to ask in the context of your own workplace. We all want to portray a certain level of knowledge or business acumen, and sometimes those questions go unasked because you think “It seems like everyone else knows this.” It creates a safe space for those conversations and that learning on how to be a better executive takes place in an authentic and well-intentioned way.
I joined Athena to learn more about what the CEO and board cared about so I can be a good board advisor. Athena’s Library lays out the content easily so I can find topics relevant to my areas of interests and gather the insights I need quickly, and on-demand.
Athena’s Virtual Salons provide invaluable information you won’t find in any book. I log in to listen, and suddenly topics I needed to know—but didn’t know I did not know—are being discussed. The variety of speakers give insights into many different types of corporations and various board cultures.
The Salons are informative, impactful and provide growth and focus to my own professional journey in consumable, constructive and meaningful ways. Athena’s Alliance is staying true to its vision by championing and building leaders in a supportive community setting. The salons inspire me to expand my horizons, learn more, and give back.
“Athena is an incredible opportunity to connect with powerful executives, provide insightful development salons and coaches that will invest in your development and offer unconditional support for your goals. Athena is a requirement for all female executives who want to take their leadership to the next level.”