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Tue, Jan 26 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
01/26/2021 9:00am01/26/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesRisk and Crisis Management: The 5 Megatrends of a Turbulent 2021Springing from what she refers to as the “10 megatrends of our turbulent times,” Athena member and author Andrea Bonime-Blanc will discuss the five most salient megatrends for 2021 as we move from the year of Covid-19 to a year of resilience and (hopefully) recovery. She will explore megatrends that will affect business, government, and society in 2021, including ESG trends, how to prepare for the virtual battlefront, and how geopolitical changes happening at the global level will affect day-to-day business.    This is the first in a six-part series on navigating strategic ESGT (ESG + technology) in transformational times with much of the content based on Andrea’s book, Gloom to Boom. Purchasing the book is optional but recommended. Consider reading Chapter 1 – Gloom: The Ten Megatrends of our Turbulent Times in advance of this first session. The  New Enterprise Mindset : Continuous Risk and Crisis Readiness, Written By Dr. Andrea Bonime-BlancVirtual
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The 5 Megatrends of a Turbulent 2021

Risk and Crisis Management

Thu, Jan 28 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
01/28/2021 9:00am01/28/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesModern Boardroom: Inspiring the Next Generation of Multicultural Women EntrepreneursMulticultural women leaders face significant barriers to success: the perception of being superhuman, code-switching in the workplace, and intersectionality all playing a role in our growth. Yet women are successfully navigating these challenges and thriving every day. In this inspirational and educational session, Dr. Yasmin Davidds—CEO of the Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Foundation, founder of the Women’s Institute of Negotiation, and board director of the Athena Rising Foundation—will share examples to inspire rising multicultural leaders in their journey into the C-suite and beyond.Virtual
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Inspiring the Next Generation of Multicultural Women Entrepreneurs

Modern Boardroom

Fri, Jan 29 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
01/29/2021 9:00am01/29/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesCommunity and Connection: Peer Workshop: Learn to Use Stories to Scale Your Board Search with Tissa RichardsFor Concierge Service members only. Stories are more memorable than data – you are 12x more likely to remember a story than statistics. When you bring your value proposition to life with stories, your listeners will remember the value you bring, and why. This makes it easier for your network to retell those stories, amplify your value proposition, and help you scale your board search. It also increases the chances you’ll be recommended for opportunities when your story and related value proposition are remembered and retold.  In this workshop, facilitated by Athena Alliance executive coach Tissa Richards, we’ll practice illustrating your value proposition with stories. You’ll get immediate feedback from other Athena members. Did your story make your value proposition clear and memorable? Can they easily tell your story back to you? This is how you know your story can be repeated and scaled across your network. Before we meet: Please review this material to prepare: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QRvIDq_7ew7DcGp_ap86z_z1-1Y7JssP?usp=sharing This content will provide the foundation you need to get the most out of this workshop. Member-guided: This is a gathering of fellow Athena members, allowing you to network and practice sharing your value stories. We will place you in breakout rooms to facilitate your learning.Virtual
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Peer Workshop: Learn to Use Stories to Scale Your Board Search with Tissa Richards

Community and Connection

Tue, Feb 02 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
02/02/2021 9:00am02/02/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesBoard Oversight: Board Management Across the GlobeThe role and practices of boards of directors and expectations for independent directors differs around the world. How diversity is pursued, ESG, employee relations, and managing risk have different nuances depending on where a company is headquartered. With board experience spanning decades and continents, Alison Davis (board director at Brussels-based Collibra, Fiserv and Silicon Valley Bank), Keiko Honda (board director at Tokyo-based MUFG and AGC), and Pamela Passman (board director at Canada-based Kinaxis and former Corporate Vice President of Microsoft for Global Regulatory and Corporate Affairs) will discuss the intricacies of global boardrooms and the must-knows for international board directorship. Learn what to expect as we take a tour around the world navigating culture on global boards.  Virtual
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Board Management Across the Globe

Board Oversight

Thu, Feb 11 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
02/11/2021 9:00am02/11/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesCorporate Oversight: The Role of the President in Your CompanyUnderstand the role of the president in your company and how their position differs from a traditional CEO role. Kate Renwick-Espinosa is President of VSP Vision Care, leading operations and strategic direction for the nation's largest vision care company. Based on her own experience, Kate will explain the President’s priorities in an organization, their role in managing P&L, and what your board needs to know when considering bringing a president into the company.Virtual
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The Role of the President in Your Company

Corporate Oversight

Tue, Feb 16 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
02/16/2021 9:00am02/16/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesSpecial Circumstances: The Role of Advisors in M&AThe journey of a company from the decision to move forward with an M&A process and through closing is fraught with twists and turns. In this session, two highly talented advisors who will discuss the important role of advisors to the board during M&A, including when things don’t go the way you had planned. In addition to Carol Coughlin (moderator), Youmna Salameh, and Kimberly Petillo-Decossard will share examples of real world situations they have experienced and how they helped boards navigate them. This is a session not to miss!Virtual
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The Role of Advisors in M&A

Special Circumstances

Wed, Feb 17 @ 12:00pm PT (1.5 hrs)
02/17/2021 12:00pm02/17/2021 1:30 pmAmerica/Los_AngelesAthena: The Path to the Boardroom, Hosted by Coco Brown, Founder & CEO, Athena AllianceJoin Coco Brown, Founder and CEO of Athena Alliance, Inc. as she explores the foundational shifts occurring throughout society that support a woman’s journey to the boardroom. Coco leverages data, anecdotes, and her unique perspective as a female CEO to explain why it’s never been a better time for a woman to explore board service – and why it’s never been more important for boards, businesses, and society to open the door to women and to embrace a wide range of diverse perspectives. Throughout the presentation, Coco also shares her personal story to achieving a board seat, including the challenges along the way, and how board service has made her a more powerful leader.Virtual
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The Path to the Boardroom, Hosted by Coco Brown, Founder & CEO, Athena Alliance

Athena

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

A Look Inside Athena

Tue, Feb 23 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
02/23/2021 9:00am02/23/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesInvesting: Women & Wealth | Money & Relationships (Part 3)The wildly popular Women & Wealth salon series extends into Part 3. This presentation will delve into our stewardship of money as it relates to children (of all ages), parents, and our community. We will present our model of what true financial stewardship looks like heading into the future, along with key actions to take starting now. If you missed Parts 1 and 2, we invite you to view the recordings in our Learning Library: https://learn.athenaalliance.com/courses/investing.Virtual
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Women & Wealth | Money & Relationships (Part 3)

Investing

Wed, Feb 24 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
02/24/2021 9:00am02/24/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesCorporate Oversight: U.S. Healthcare Industry Landscape and What Lies AheadThe healthcare industry is the most consequential part of the US economy, consuming over 18% of our GDP and employing 11% of American workers. And while we spend nearly twice as much as the average OECD country per capita on healthcare, the US has the lowest life expectancy and the highest suicide/obesity rates and chronic diseases amongst the top 11 developed nations. In this talk with experienced board director and healthcare investor Afsaneh Naimollah, we learn the factors behind such a complicated picture and will discuss the chief policy and technology initiatives underway to improve our healthcare system.Virtual
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U.S. Healthcare Industry Landscape and What Lies Ahead

Corporate Oversight

Wed, Mar 10 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
03/10/2021 9:00am03/10/2021 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesCorporate Oversight: The Most Exciting Technologies and Innovations in HealthcareThe U.S. spends more on healthcare per capita than any other country in the world. The sector consumers 18% of our GDP with inflation on healthcare goods and services exceeding 4-6x average CPI per year. The system will eventually bankrupt the country unless we find ways to bend the cost curve. In this session, experienced board director Afsaneh Naimollah, Managing Partner of XEN Partners, will guide Athena members in a discussion about the most exciting technologies and business models that attempt to directly address the rising costs in healthcare while bringing more efficiency to the system.Virtual
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The Most Exciting Technologies and Innovations in Healthcare

Corporate Oversight

Fri, Mar 19 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hrs)
03/19/2021 12:00pm03/19/2021 1:00 pmAmerica/Los_AngelesA Look Inside Athena: A Look Inside AthenaJoin us for this special intro session, designed for prospective Athena Alliance members and lead by Coco Brown, CEO and Founder of The Athena Alliance.Virtual
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A Look Inside Athena

A Look Inside Athena

Tue, Mar 30 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hrs)
03/30/2021 12:00pm03/30/2021 1:00 pmAmerica/Los_AngelesSpecial Circumstances: How COVID-19 Could Enable the Inclusion of WomenDiversity, equity, and inclusion are pressing problems for corporations, and the COVID-19 crisis has brought these problems to the forefront. News articles abound discussing the economic impact of Covid-19 on women, with women more likely to be laid off, scale back their work, or leave the workforce entirely. The COVID-19 crisis has revealed, however, that many workplaces are capable of being more flexible with the help of technology.  Athena member Ifeoma Ajunwa, Associate Professor at UNC School of Law and founding director of the AI Decision-Making Research Program, explores how corporations committed to diversity and inclusion can retain more women in the workplace. She will share best practices for doubling down on efforts to support women workers, including staggered workplaces, remote work options, shorter work days, and more.Virtual
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How COVID-19 Could Enable the Inclusion of Women

Special Circumstances

Fri, Apr 16 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hrs)
04/16/2021 12:00pm04/16/2021 1:00 pmAmerica/Los_AngelesA Look Inside Athena: A Look Inside AthenaJoin us for this special intro session, designed for prospective Athena Alliance members and lead by Coco Brown, CEO and Founder of The Athena Alliance.Virtual
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A Look Inside Athena

A Look Inside Athena

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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.”

  • Purvee Kondal
    Sr. Dr. Technology Sector @ Globality @ RampRate (advisor)

    “There is so much valuable content in the Learning Library. The Internet is a world of free content, but it’s very hard to find the right, targeted information. Athena’s topics are specific and succinct, from leaders who have "been there, done that", and who are available to offer valuable executive perspectives that you can’t get elsewhere.”

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    CFO @ Rocketship Education

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    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

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

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

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  • Bhawna Singh
    CTO @ Glassdoor

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

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    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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    Sr. Dr. Technology Sector @ Globality @ RampRate (advisor)

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