A Mission-Directed Non-Profit With A Vision

Women Impacting at the Highest Levels of Leadership

Accelerating Gender Diversity in the Boardroom by Making the Connections that Make the Difference

We do the heavy lifting. Our services are white glove. Our membership is curated and selective. We make the match process frictionless and easy. Our goal is to advance gender diversity in the boardroom, with relevant “last mile” effort on behalf of qualified women and boards.


Even women at the peak of their executive career ask: “Does a board want what I have to offer?”, and “How do I articulate that in a way that differentiates me?”

  • Journey Planning
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Executive Coaching
  • Editorial Support

Our 1:1 work with you results in the valuable assets of a Board Bio, Elevator Pitch and LinkedIn Alignment. Even greater, is your strengthened confidence that you belong in the boardroom, and the clarity of what you uniquely have to offer.


It takes time to get on a board. So when you are tapped for consideration, you want to be sure you have the best chance of being the one selected.

  • Board Recruiter Screening
  • Mock Interview with a Board Director
  • Elevator Pitch Nights
  • Board Simulations
  • Deep Discounts to Training and Services from Partners

We help you perfect your presence and presentation through a variety of intimate opportunities to practice and obtain valuable feedback from peers and expert partners.


Access and Opportunity are largely about being a part of the trusted network or being in the right place at the right time, or both.

  • Access to Open Board Seats
  • Personalized Positioning of Your Fit
  • Access to Speaking Opportunities
  • Submission for Awards
  • Support Securing References
  • Curated Athena Networking Events

Through Athena you will have access to open board opportunities. Where you are the right fit, we will position you. We will help you secure visibility for your thought leadership and acknowledgement and testimonial to your contributions. We will expand your network in the right way.

The Athena EffectTM


Find Out About The Benefits of Membership

How Much are Silicon Valley Boards Improving Gender Diversity?

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Findings from the Fenwick & West Gender Diversity 2016 Proxy Season Survey, which looks at women’s positions on boards based on SEC data since 1996, point to a few promising…

Finding Your Unique Selling Proposition

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Gary Purece is one of several executive advisors for Athena members.  He is a communications advisor who assists executives in clearly articulating their corporate and personal brand message.  Athena Alliance members…

Having Your Voice at the Table

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In making my decision to join the Leadership Team of The Athena Alliance, I looked at various parts of the program that distinguish it from other board preparation programs. The…

The Athena Alliance Welcomes Nancy Sheppard, Founder of Women2Boards, to Our Leadership Team

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There is no shortage of qualified women for boards, but there is a need to connect these exceptional women to boards looking to fill an open seat. The current pace…

The Boardroom: By Invitation Only

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Being considered for an open board seat is an “invitation only” affair. Why? Because deciding who to put on the board is a deeply personal, high stakes decision for the…

The Athena Alliance Secures Its First Champion-level Sponsorship from Autodesk

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The Athena Alliance is thrilled to announce our first Champion-level sponsorship from Autodesk, a global leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Autodesk’s generosity will enable The Athena Alliance…

Lights, Camera, Action at New Relic!

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On Friday, July 22nd, The Athena Alliance joined Emmy Award-winning producer Patsy Northcutt, director Henry Hopkins of H2Video, and executive coach Nan Crawford for a day of filming at New…