Committed to Diversity
and Inclusion

Diversity, inclusion, and equity apply to every aspect of Athena – from our members to our team to our coaches and our partners. We strive to be a community that supports women from all backgrounds, all abilities, all cultures. And, we’re dedicated to evaluating our efforts with transparency, and a desire to lead change from the front.

In our community

We’re on the path to 37.6% of our membership to be women of color or underrepresented groups. Why 37.6%? Women of color are 37.6% of the US female population. This is just our starting point. We want that number to grow and evolve over time to mirror – and to celebrate – the diversity in the global communities we serve.

Across our team

Our team is global, multicultural, and multitalented. We are diverse in education, perspective, and ethnicity. We connect from all corners of the world to support our members, and each other.

Within our coaches

Many of our coaches have been with us since our earliest days, and in the last year we’ve nearly tripled our coaching staff to support a rise for expert guidance and support. Our next hurdle: diversify our coaches to ensure our members have a broad range of support, in both expertise and culture.

Throughout our partner portfolio

We count on forward-thinking CEOs, investment firms, and corporations to be our greatest allies in achieving diversity at the highest ranks of leadership. We’re proud to partner with a range of companies, from startup to government, from private equity to venture capital. And, we’ll continue to champion these companies as they navigate their own path to improving diversity and better business outcomes.


A proud partner of the Athena
Rising Foundation

The Athena Rising Foundation was created to see underrepresented women take a place at every level of senior leadership, from executives, to the C-suite, to the boardroom. Join forward-thinking leaders and top brands as they work to ensure the top ranks of business mimic society.

Unlock access and
opportunity at the top

Learn more about how we support women leaders as they rise into the C-suite or the boardroom.

See how we support corporations and investment firms by connecting them to top women executives.


What our members are saying

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Athena is such a wonderful platform! I have attended several salons, learned so much, and connected with AMAZING women. From the authenticity of the salons and the quality of the learning to the wonderful opportunities Athena shares with the community, I’m so impressed with your organization and thankful to be member.

Ebonie Jackson

Director of Administrative Services @ Lucas County Children’s Services

Since joining Athena, I have felt a synergy amongst the members that I have never felt before within a networking dynamic. The members and Athena team are really passionate about helping each other. They equally provide actionable details to assist you with your Board Member/Board Advisory journey and will connect you with individuals that can be the catalyst to further your efforts on securing said roles. You couldn’t ask for a more welcoming group of ladies that lock arms and help each other climb the ladder to their next career post!

Gia Fisher

Global IT Partner @ M.I.A.G. LLC

Athena Alliance has managed to curate some of the most relevant and engaging virtual salons for prospective board members. They aren’t your typical video webinars with a speaker, but rather experts from the Athena Alliance network who are engaging attendees around board specific topics. No lectures, more a like a dinner party on zoom.

Lybra Clemons

Chief Diversity Officer @ Twilio

Joining Athena was great because, throughout my career, I only had one other woman mentor to rely on. The rules of the game were never explained to me nor made visible; I was only told where I can/cannot enter—and I never understood why. Athena explained the unstated rules and helped me discover new allies. I now not only have the support of an amazing woman leader, but also many others who welcome diversity and bring leadership styles that one can look up to, admire, and continue to learn from.

Purvee Kondal

Vice President @ Sephora, Board Advisor @ Sourcing Industry Group & RampRate

Athena Alliance has provided me with an amazing network of women who are actively serving on boards. Learning from their real world experiences has been invaluable in preparing me for my own board search.

Ebony Beckwith

EVP & Chief Philanthropy Officer @ Salesforce

Athena Alliance is leading the way to increasing women, and women of color to be placed on corporate boards. They are a true leader in ensuring diversity and inclusion is met at the executive level.

Madinah Ali

President @ Excelente Inc.