Why Athena for Executive Development?

Retain your best talent

Invest in the continued success of your top female leaders.

Build your bench strength

Prepare for your company’s talent evolution at the top.

Deliver real-world expertise

Give your women leaders access to the best in real-world executive education.

Is Athena right for you?

Athena members are the top leaders in their industry. They are in the C-suite or surround the C-suite. They may be CEO, or sit three or less reports away from the CEO at commercial entities. At large enterprises, Athena members may be senior director or above. Athena women are also experienced board directors, rising investment partners or partners at investment firms or consulting firms.

Executive Development

A custom partnership to meet your goals

We will define a tailored roadmap for your senior women’s Executive Development. Each leader has a unique and personal experience as an Athena member, but we treat them as a cohort for you. We will define and track qualitative and quantitative metrics to ensure we are adding value and meeting your goals.

We work with some of the world’s top brands

Why Top Businesses Use Athena

Today’s businesses operate in a fast evolving world, faced with unprecedented challenges. Athena provides women executives with a robust network of support and learning, sourced from other top leaders. Members gain access to private coaching, transformative career opportunities, and the most current and advanced on-demand executive learning on the market.

Why Athena?

Network and community at scale

Athena offers our members an exclusive community of powerhouse women leaders. Members may proactively network with other executives who are at the top of their companies, their professions, and their industries — or join in intentional Salons dedicated to Community & Connecting.

In the digital world, our numbers are powerful — together we take 6 degrees of separation to 1 to support our goals and interests collectively and individually.

Our members are among the top women executives at leading global companies:
Why Athena?

Targeted support from top-tier coaches

Each membership includes 2 hours of coaching to start. Athena coaches are top in their fields. From board selection and search experts to voice and presentation coaching and personal branding strategists, members receive expert guidance to get closer to their goals.

Why Athena?

Business lessons taught by top executives

Athena Salons are led by board directors and leaders from some of the world’s most notable brands, three times a week. Members can stay current on the topics that matter most when it comes to founding, scaling, investing, and operating a business. Topics range from the path to the boardroom, IPO, risk and compliance, financial acumen, entrepreneurship, investing, and more.

Advanced learning

Athena Salons are available on-demand, designed for busy executives. Members may choose from content targeted to their goals, or level up through hundreds of Salons created by other leaders and Athena members. Athena Learning Circles offer a deep-dive on specific topics with other members. Learning Circles blend asynchronous executive learning and Socratic-style discussions to help members increase their knowledge in targeted areas. Or, members may join a Peer Group to exchange advice and learnings with other members with similar goals or interests.

Why Athena?

Exclusive board and advisory opportunities

Board seats, advisory roles, and more. Athena shares every opportunity that comes our way with all members in our fully transparent model. We work directly with boards, private equity and venture firms, recruiting firms, and more.

Exceptional support

Athena offers a blend of humans in the loop and technology to deliver an exceptional member success experience. Our hands-on member success team is always available for onboarding assistance or a live demo — but our support framework includes chat and email for instant virtual help as well.

Athena’s approach to executive development

Athena’s model for executive development for women leaders begins with community. It’s within the Athena community that women leaders can discover and learn from each other in live and on-demand Salons. Athena’s Salons are engaging, casual, and current — they focus on the topics that are most pressing in the executive realm today, such as boardroom governance, financial acumen, ESG, leadership best practices, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital fundraising, and more.

Our learning is both proactive and reactive. We believe that the most powerful learning occurs between practitioner to practitioner — and our model brings these powerful learning moments to life. Athena proactively and strategically plans for executive learning that touches on the pillars of the executive realm, but we are also responsive to the changing needs of our community and our corporate partners.

Targeted learning synced to your company goals

or our corporate partners, Athena delivers targeted and customized learning in the form of Private Salons. We first curate or create the on-demand content you want your company cohort to learn. From the path to IPO, fundraising, governance 101, strategic executive leadership, and more, we’ll deliver advanced on-demand learning for your company cohort and pace it throughout the year in a combination of asynchronous learning and live Socratic-style discussion.

What our corporate members are saying


“Athena Alliance was instrumental in helping me land my first board role. I had plenty of opportunities to attend board related networking events and build a great network. Athena provides a plethora of valuable resources including access to potential board opportunities. I ended up being matched with a perfect opportunity that is aligned with my passion and expertise areas.”

Olga Braylovskiy

VP of Technology, Customer Success, HRBP & People Analytics @ Intuit; Board Director @ Built In

“I am extremely grateful for all of the help. I leveraged the Athena website and the content related to Board Selection as I prepared for many conversations and interviews over the past few months.”

Heidi Melin

CMO @ Workfront; Board Director @ SailPoint

“Athena Alliance is one of the best ventures in self-development that I have done. The aspiration and connection provided me with entry into a world I didn’t even know existed. I think every senior leader at Microsoft ought to have access to an experience like this.”

Gavriella Schuster

Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Software, Microsoft, Board Director @ Chinasoft

My Athena experience spurred a deeper look at my career, resulting in a role change. In particular, the Athena coaches were especially insightful in helping me articulate and visualize my next step. It’s empowering to have trusted resources to lean on during times of reflection and change.

Linda Ho

CEOVice President, Culture and Capability @ Autodesk; Board Director @ Seattle Opera, Employee Relief Foundation

“It is so important for each of us to carve out personal time for us – us as leaders, women, mothers, sisters, aunts, and this list goes on. You make a difference to so many, and I encourage you to continue to invest in you and leverage the other great women that are part of our Athena community.”

Gail Hendrix

Director of Learning & Development @ USPS

“Athena has given me an incredibly high-quality peer group to network with and learn from. The connections I’ve made through Athena are with people who truly care about supporting each other and have the wisdom and experience to add value.”

Amy Bunszel

EVP Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Design @ Autodesk; Board Director @ Pixelworks

Contact us to get started

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