The Athena Effect™

The Athena Alliance and our mission was crafted by the interests of 100+ executive women who have been meeting quarterly over 10 years in a loose affiliation facilitated by Athena Alliance Founder and CEO Coco Brown. Over 70% of the women associated with the Athena Alliance over the years have been SVP and C-Level level executives; the rest VP-Level executive women. Our members fill a wide range of roles in leadership, from a diverse industry set. 47% of the women associated with Athena serve on a board today.

Coco Brown

Coco Brown

Founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance

Coco is the Founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance. Her career in the tech industry has centered on IT and Professional Services Leadership as Board Director, COO, and President. Having often … Read more

Debra Vernon

Debra Vernon

Corporate and Securities Attorney at the Law Firm of DLA Piper LLP

Debra Vernon is a corporate and securities attorney at the law firm of DLA Piper LLP. She advises technology companies and entrepreneurs on legal issues and transactions throughout all … Read more

Yvonne Wassenaar

Yvonne Wassenaar

Chief Information Officer – New Relic

Yvonne is recognized as a thought leader in how to maintain business relevance in a rapidly changing world.  She is a frequent presenter and panel member on this topic and is a respected advisor toRead more

Jessica Denecour

Jessica Denecour

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Jessica Denecour provides leadership for Varian’s global Information Technology organization. Prior to joining Varian in January 2006, she served in a variety of management positions … Read more

Mercedes De Luca

Mercedes De Luca

Chief Operating Officer, Basecamp

Mercedes De Luca is a consumer Internet and software technology leader. She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the high tech industry. She has held roles as CIO, CTO, GM, CEO and … Read more

Nancy Sheppard

Nancy Sheppard

Member Leadership Team, Athena Alliance

Nancy joined the Leadership Team of The Athena Alliance in February 2017. She founded Women2Boards in 2014 to assist women leaders on their path to a corporate boardroom. Her challenges … Read more

Meet The Women of Athena Alliance