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Cultivate your strength as a leader. Connect with other women executives. Athena makes it easy, with a mix of virtual and in-person events.

Wed, Dec 02 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
12/02/2020 9:00am12/02/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesInvesting: ESG from Institutional Shareholder PerspectiveESG is undeniably a hot topic in corporate boardrooms. Boards are increasingly focusing on monitoring their own sustainability while also hearing and understanding the demands of their investors. Hear how two former institutional shareholders, Sharmila Kassam (Founder of Aligned Capital Investing) and Marianne Scott Dwight (Director of Institutional Investor Services for Strategic Insight Group), think about ESG in their own multi-billion-dollar investment organizations, how they define and measure ESG, and best practices for managing disclosures. Then, they will explore trends they see among their global peers in terms of what investors expect corporate boards will pay attention to moving forward.Virtual
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Investing

ESG from Institutional Shareholder Perspective

Thu, Dec 03 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
12/03/2020 9:00am12/03/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesWorking with the CEO: CEO Succession PlanningCEO succession is a key risk for any company and very difficult to manage well. Even the most iconic companies get it painfully wrong (including executive transitions at P&G, GE, Ford, Boeing, and more.) Even the best boards and companies think they are better prepared than they actually are—and realize their error too late. In this session, Jason Fiftal (Principal at ghSMART) and Eileen Schloss (board member at CCC Information Services and Alteryx) will share how you can assess your company’s readiness for succession and discuss the most important steps you can take to minimize risk in succession.Virtual
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Working with the CEO

CEO Succession Planning

Fri, Dec 04 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
12/04/2020 9:00am12/04/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesCommunity & Connection: Guided NetworkingFor Concierge Service members only. Join an intimate, facilitated and fun virtual networking event, allowing you to form meaningful connections with fellow Athena members. You’ll be guided through a series of conversation starters and placed in breakout rooms. Discover more about those in your community and learn ways to advance one another’s interests. No preparation required; simply show up and enjoy.Virtual
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Community & Connection

Guided Networking

Tue, Dec 08 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
12/08/2020 9:00am12/08/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesBuilding Your Company: Board RecruitmentThe way boards manage recruitment and turnover of directors can be one of its greatest assets, continually adjusting to optimize strategic insight, oversight, and crisis management. Drawing from their personal experiences leading and advising S&P 500-listed multinationals, privately held companies, and startups, Susanne Thorning-Lund and Rebecca Thornton will cover best practices modern boards are using in recruiting talent and planning for succession in their organizations. For Nom/Gov chairs, learn how to develop your board strategically to support your bottom line. For aspiring board directors, learn what boards are looking for in their ideal candidate—and how to position yourself for success before you even submit your application.Virtual
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Building Your Company

Board Recruitment

Wed, Dec 09 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
12/09/2020 9:00am12/09/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesBoard Oversight: How being in an operational role benefits your board.How being in an operational role benefits your board—and what it takes to balance the workload with Heidi Melin The boardroom is changing, and boards are more often prioritizing current operating experience in their board selection. Serving in an operating role provides insight and understanding of challenges facing executive teams. Board service as an operating executive gives you a unique ability to ask tough questions based on current, real-world experience. Learn the benefits of current operating experience for board members from board director and Athena member Heidi Melin, as well as tips to balance a board role while navigating these critical times as an executive.Virtual
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Board Oversight

How being in an operational role benefits your board.

Thu, Dec 10 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
12/10/2020 9:00am12/10/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesWorking with the CEO: The Unique Relationship between the CEO & BoardGain a real-life perspective of the unique relationship between the CEO and board members in this engaging and intimate virtual salon with Sheila Rege & Mary-Lou Misrahy. This discussion will include how to promote cooperation between the board and CEO to promote the best interests of the company, what CEOs are looking for in potential board members, and how to empower the board to set goals and give counsel to the CEO. They will give their top tips on managing the CEO-board relationship from both sides to ensure maximum results for the company and stakeholders.Virtual
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Working with the CEO

The Unique Relationship between the CEO & Board

Wed, Dec 16 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
12/16/2020 9:00am12/16/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesInvesting: Women & Wealth | Money & Relationships (Part 2)Following up on their popular Women & Wealth: Money and Relationships salon, Tama Smith and Manisha Thakor will dive deeper into the ways strategic financial life planning can help women live a richer life. This session will continue discussions on how to have the money talk with your significant other, your children, and elderly parents. Learn how to grow your wealth by choosing the right financial advisor and the right actions for a better future. Take your financial well-being by the horns in this dynamic and engaging salon.   If you missed Part 1, you can view the recording in our Learning Library: https://learn.athenaalliance.com/courses/take/recent-salons/lessons/17891464-own-your-worth-women-wealth-and-a-path-to-financial-independence-with-carey-shuffman-and-jennifer-polowitzVirtual
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Investing

Women & Wealth | Money & Relationships (Part 2)

Fri, Dec 18 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hrs)
12/18/2020 12:00pm12/18/2020 1:00 pmAmerica/Los_AngelesA Look Inside Athena: Learn more about the Athena Alliance.Join us for this special intro webinar, designed for prospective Athena Alliance members and led by Coco Brown, CEO and Founder of The Athena Alliance.Virtual
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A Look Inside Athena

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Thu, Jan 07 @ 6:00am PT (1 hrs)
01/07/2021 6:00am01/07/2021 7:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesBuy-Side Acquisitions: A CFO's Perspective: A CFO’s Perspective and the Oversight Role of the BoardCompanies often grow by acquisition, but as we learned in an earlier session, the majority of acquisitions are not accretive to the bottom-line. Our speaker, Elizabeth Salomon, is a highly experienced CFO working for high growth companies and will share some of her insights on financial modeling and assumptions used in making the business case to the board. In addition, we’ll talk about the diligence work that should be done, culture, and the importance of planning for successful integrations.Virtual
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Buy-Side Acquisitions: A CFO's Perspective

A CFO’s Perspective and the Oversight Role of the Board

Thu, Jan 14 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
01/14/2021 9:00am01/14/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesCorporate Oversight: Tech Finance 101As companies have been working to create high-performance and diverse boards, finance and accounting drive a significant part of boards' strategic decisions. Tech company boards are no exception, regardless of size. Guided by Sally Brandtneris, global finance leader and board director, and Athena member Carol Coughlin, this session will do a deep dive into the key financial and accounting topics relevant to technology companies.Virtual
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Corporate Oversight

Tech Finance 101

Fri, Jan 15 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hrs)
01/15/2021 12:00pm01/15/2021 1:00 pmAmerica/Los_AngelesA Look Inside Athena: Learn more about the Athena Alliance.Join us for this special intro webinar, designed for prospective Athena Alliance members and led by Coco Brown, CEO and Founder of The Athena Alliance.Virtual
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A Look Inside Athena

Learn more about the Athena Alliance.

Fri, Feb 19 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hrs)
02/19/2021 12:00pm02/19/2021 1:00 pmAmerica/Los_AngelesA Look Inside Athena: Learn more about the Athena Alliance.Join us for this special intro webinar, designed for prospective Athena Alliance members and led by Coco Brown, CEO and Founder of The Athena Alliance.Virtual
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A Look Inside Athena

Learn more about the Athena Alliance.

Testimonials

What our members
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  • Keysha Bailey
    CFO @ Rocketship Education

    “Athena is a fantastic resource, their salons are engaging and on point.”

  • Kiki Katz
    Sr. Director, North America Customer Coverage, Analytics & Sales Compensation @ Grainger

    “As an Aspiring Director, the virtual salons provide a flexible framework to round out my development.”

  • Rhonda Mims
    Executive Vice President @ Centene Corporation

    “I really enjoy the weekly virtual salons hosted by Athena Alliance. Each week the topics are timely, provide excellent content, and offer a great intimate way to connect with other corporate board members. The sessions rock!”

  • Gail Marcus
    Independent Board Director @ Triple-S Salud, Natera

    “I was fortunate to host a Virtual Salon for Athena. Not only was it nice to share my experiences, but more importantly to engage with members who brought different experiences and asked thoughtful, provaocative questions. As a result of hosting this event, I was brought opportunities from other members to advise their companies. Additionally, I met many phenomenal women leaders that I can now count as resources in the future.”

  • Isaura Gaeta
    VP Security Research, Intel Product Assurance & Security Engineering @ Intel

    “The Athena virtual salons have been a wonderful way to keep my board learning going during this pandemic. I was initially thinking that I had lost my opportunity to network in 2020 but was pleasantly surprised to find this vibrant network of like-minded women to actively engage with on board readiness information.”

  • Anjali Shah
    SVP, Business Innovation @ Wells Fargo @ Video Collaboratory

    “The Virtual Salons are informative, impactful and provide growth and focus to my own professional journey in consumable, constructive and meaningful ways. Athena's Alliance is clearly 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.”

  • Bhawna Singh
    CTO @ Glassdoor

    “Athena has been a powerful platform for me to dive into a variety of topics for board readiness on a schedule that works for me. Virtual Salons in particular are a hit with experienced speakers and engaged women community.”

  • Millicent Tracy
    Board Member & Advisor @ Kidfund, Park Place Payments, BlytzPay (Advisor), Nacha (Advisor)

    “The Virtual Salons have been a great way to not only further my knowledge about the boardroom, but also to develop some great connections that have been valuable in my journey to finding the right board positions. I look forward to continuing to learn more best practices about how to navigate the boardroom and expand my network of amazing women that are so eager to help, mentor and guide me on my road to my next board position. Thank you Athena Alliance!”

  • Nithya Ruff
    Executive Director, Open Source Program Office & Comcast @ Rochester Institute of Technology (Advisor)

    “Athena Virtual Salons have been a highlight in my board preparedness - injecting real world conversations, education and connections on board competencies. All in a safe and collaborative space! Love it.”

  • Lybra Clemons
    Chief Diversity Officer @ Twilio @ MAKERS Women, How Women Lead (Advisor)

    “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.”

  • Keysha Bailey
    CFO @ Rocketship Education

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  • Kiki Katz
    Sr. Director, North America Customer Coverage, Analytics & Sales Compensation @ Grainger

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  • Rhonda Mims
    Executive Vice President @ Centene Corporation

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  • Gail Marcus
    Independent Board Director @ Triple-S Salud, Natera

    “I was fortunate to host a Virtual Salon for...”

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  • Isaura Gaeta
    VP Security Research, Intel Product Assurance & Security Engineering @ Intel

    “The Athena virtual salons have been a wonderful...”

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  • Anjali Shah
    SVP, Business Innovation @ Wells Fargo @ Video Collaboratory

    “The Virtual Salons are informative, impactful and...”

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  • Bhawna Singh
    CTO @ Glassdoor

    “Athena has been a powerful platform for me to...”

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  • Millicent Tracy
    Board Member & Advisor @ Kidfund, Park Place Payments, BlytzPay (Advisor), Nacha (Advisor)

    “The Virtual Salons have been a great way to not...”

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  • Nithya Ruff
    Executive Director, Open Source Program Office & Comcast @ Rochester Institute of Technology (Advisor)

    “Athena Virtual Salons have been a highlight in my...”

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  • Lybra Clemons
    Chief Diversity Officer @ Twilio @ MAKERS Women, How Women Lead (Advisor)

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