For Board Recruitment

Diversify your board with the most powerful network of women leaders

Athena has introduced over 5,000 women to corporate boards, securing 1,000 board interviews and supporting over 300 women to board placements, including a number of Nasdaq companies.

Pixelworks (PXLW) board recruitment case study: success in just 5 months
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Nasdaq has partnered with Athena Alliance to offer Nasdaq-listed companies direct access to our network of top women leaders. When Nasdaq-listed companies partner with Athena to recruit their next board director, they receive 10% off our board recruitment services. Athena’s fees are success-based only and range from $10,000 to $100,000, a fraction of the cost of traditional recruitment companies.

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For Companies Investing in Executive Development

Elevate your leaders with the best on-demand, always current executive learning platform

From how Wall Street values stock, to what happens in an earnings call, to the in’s and outs of M&A, preparing for IPO, forecasting, budgeting and so, so much more.

Imagine an Executive MBA that is evergreen, on-demand, and designed to give you just what you need to know when you need to know it. That’s Athena.

Executive education is not a nice to have. Modern leaders need competence across the business, not just within their tower.

Case Study: Autodesk (ADSK) executive development program: affordable, targeted learning for top senior leaders
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Nasdaq has partnered with Athena Alliance to offer Nasdaq clients a 10% discount to Athena’s corporate executive development platform. If you have 10 or more women at the Sr. Director level or above, an Athena cohort experience is for you.

For Board Seekers

Accelerate your path to the boardroom with Athena

Whether imminent or 7 years out, if you have your sights on the boardroom, or on being an exec engaged with your board, you need Athena.

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.

Rashida Hodge

VP, Azure Data & AI | Customer Success @ Microsoft, Board Director @ Misty Robotics & Girls, Inc.

“Athena has been a temendous resource for me in my capacity as NGC Chair and Member at several public company boards. The Athena team is proactive, accessible, and creative in sourcing strong diversity candidates for our consideration.”

Kimberly Alexy

“I started my journey with Athena nearly a year ago. This incredible community inspired me to shift my career in a meaningful way. The network and team of coaches that I was partnered with helped me to successfully make the leap from operator to investor — a move that I thought would take years to achieve.”

Katelin Holloway

Founding Partner @ 776

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.

Anjali Shah

Head of Innovation Strategy @ Wells Fargo

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.

Beverly Cole

Board Director @ Bank OZK & Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

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.

Purvee Kondal

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

“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.”

Lani Phillips

VP US Channel Sales @ Microsoft

“The people, process, and network at Athena is world-class. In my case, not only have I learned about important board topics and practices from their valuable webinars, but I was connected with a board opportunity that ended up being an excellent fit for me. I would never have discovered it otherwise. I admire Athena’s mission and am proud to be part of it.”

Linda Abraham

Managing Partner @ Crimson Capital; Board Director @ Carlotz, SITE Centers

“Athena helped me get the critical basics in place, like my board bio. Athena was willing to do whatever the organization could do to help me pull the pieces together that I so urgently needed to go through the board interview process.”

Patty Hatter

Board Director @ Qualys

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.

Karen Mangia

VP of Customer & Market Insights @ Salesforce, WSJ best-selling author

Nasdaq has partnered with Athena Alliance to offer women executives and board members of Nasdaq client companies a $220 discount for Athena membership. Join for just $1,980 (regularly $2,200


Why women executives join Athena


Why Athena?

Rapidly scale your network

Athena offers 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.

Why Athena?

Work one-on-one with 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, gain expert guidance to get closer to your goals.

Why Athena?

Learn from other top executives

Join Salons led by board directors and leaders from some of the world’s most notable brands, three times a week. 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.

Engage in advanced learning

Athena Salons are available on-demand, designed for busy executives. Choose from recommended content targeted to your goals, or level up your executive expertise with hundreds of Salons created by your Athena peers.

Join a Learning Circle to deep-dive on specific topics with other members. Learning Circles offer members a blend of asynchronous executive learning and Socratic-style discussions to increase their knowledge in targeted areas. Or, join a Peer Group to exchange advice and learnings with other members with similar goals or interests.

Why Athena?

Access exclusive career opportunities

Board seats, CxO roles, 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. Narrow your search with our matching algorithm. View trends and quickly understand what you are, or are not, a fit for.

Experience 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.