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We work with, support, and champion women who are already highly accomplished, preparing them to become an overarching steward of business.
Athena Alliance works side-by-side with you on your journey to the boardroom.
Through our targeted 1:1 coaching and mentoring, intimate group learning, and curated board match program, you will become a more board-confident, board-savvy, and board-connected leader.
Athena Alliance was instrumental in helping prepare me for board interviews, pinning down my elevator pitch/value prop, optimizing my board bio, and enhancing my overall communications style. Athena contributed to my preparation and, ultimately, to my success in landing my first public board seat.
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.
Athena has been a tremendous resource for me in my capacity as NCG Chair and Member at several public company boards. The Athena team is proactive, accessible, and creative in sourcing strong diversity candidates for our consideration.
I have gained tremendous value from attending many of the Athena Alliance events over the past four years. The networking is invaluable and I have been able to leverage these new relationships in many ways.
I’m a firm believer in the value of participating in events, the key is to not to just show up at the events, it is what you do during events and post events. The real value in Athena events is that they serve as an opportunity to elevate your network.
In addition to potential candidates for private company Boards, I am frequently asked for candidates for Public Boards. Recently, I asked the Athena Alliance to make referrals of candidates for several large public boards. The Athena Group continually identifies the best few women to put forward.
I had thought I had a good handle on it. But I learned how to have a more executive presence. To speak more deliberately. To avoid uptalk. I’ve been the only woman in the room for 30 years, so I thought I could do this. But the experience with Athena was very helpful and empowering.
I know you are behind many women, but I can't help feeling you are behind me with such a strong forward force, that I feel like the only person you think about, the only person whose mission you are moving forward.
Athena Alliance is one of the best ventures in self-development that I have done. The aspiration and connection, provided me with entry into a world I didn’t even know existed. I think every senior leader at Microsoft ought to have access to an experience like this.
Athena demystified the board selection process for me. What previously had been a black box became clear… and provided a roadmap to follow to drive for change in the boardroom (and get that seat).
I recommend Athena to aspiring women directors as a result of the coaching and training they provide to help prepare women to pursue their first board seat. I'm passionate about the Athena mission and am a big fan of the work that they do to advance women in the boardroom.
Delphix is proud to partner with the Athena Alliance in our joint commitment to empowering more women to pursue positions of leadership. A trusted advisor, the Athena Alliance recognizes the impact that diverse perspectives can make to propel brands into true market leaders.
I have gotten a great deal out of my membership with Athena and look forward to continuing the relationship.
The networking that I have done as I have connected with other highly successful women in the area has been priceless. Even thinking of myself in that same “league” as some of these highly accomplished women has shifted my personal self-perceptions.
I am extremely grateful for all of the help. I leveraged the Athena website and the content related to Board Selection as I prepared for many conversations and interviews over the past few months.
The Athena Alliance have been a powerful network of leaders, executives, and investors. It was a gift to be connected to David Kopp and to learn from his team and him about the mission they are on with Healthline. It's a privilege to have the opportunity to serve on the board.
I landed a seat on a public board (Chinasoft) much faster than I had anticipated. And while the board position did not come directly from Athena, the coaching, the networking, and the confidence to say the right things at just the right time that led this organization to ask me to be on their board.
Athena Alliance has been instrumental to OpenView in more ways than we can count. When we realized that we needed support if we were going to make a difference adding women to our network and the boards of our portfolio companies, Athena was the answer.
The team at Athena Alliance has been terrific in preparing and supporting me for board opportunities. With board bio development, elevator pitch work, mock interviews, Athena had me ready to showcase my board readiness.
When your company is about building a product for the WORLD, you need a board that represents the WORLD. That's what the Athena Alliance does.
Just want to say thank you again to Devon for organizing, Marilyn for hosting, and Bill Wagner for sharing his insights into managing the Management/CEO/Board relationships. It was fabulous to learn from Bill and all of your questions and comments. I look forward to the next event.
This was another knock-the-cover-off-the-ball event. Everyone was so engaged. We touched the tip of a very important iceberg.
Athena took the time to understand what I needed from Lessonly’s next board member. Then they offered to introduce me to more than twenty qualified candidates. The entire experience was beyond impressive.
On the journey to prepare myself for the board conversation, I joined the Athena Alliance. They help individuals think about ways to distill the essence of what they can bring to a board in a way that they can convey in their elevator speech.
The work that the coaches did with me to hone my elevator pitch has again been very effective in the way I introduce myself to C-level executives now and has boosted my own view of myself and my role.
As an Athena Pioneer, I am pleased to support and be supported by such an amazing women's organization. I strongly encourage every company who is looking to realize the significant business value of a diverse Board of Directors to reach out to Athena now.
Adriana is responsive and gets things done with a very high level of quality. She is a master with words and how to communicate effectively and efficiently. Thanks for having her work with me.
My sessions with Hillary have been so informative, so enlightening. I have made your insights a fabric of my life in everything I do.
There are some organizations that offer executive coaching, but none offer much of a hands-on journey experience all the way through the boardroom like Athena.
Over the past two years, the team at Athena Alliance have been indispensable in preparing me with speaking opportunities, mock interviews, board bio development, and elevator pitch work. Athena had me ready to showcase my board readiness to the team at Avalara whose board I just joined.
Adriana - Thank you very much for your excellent work here. I attended the UW Foster Women Board of Directors conference today and was able to leverage the elevator pitch. The room was amazed by the concise and strong tone. You have a gift in helping people to translate achievements into results.
We believe helping our portfolio companies build strong, diverse boards provides tremendous value. Our partnership with Athena Alliance provides us with a unique opportunity to leverage Athena’s expertise in identifying highly-qualified women as independent directors for our portfolio company boards
Athena helps executives shape a board bio, tell their story, and connect to the right networks to ensure you are in the right place at the right time—all of which are difficult to do when you’re super busy. The fact that it can be tailored to each individual member is amazing.
I had a great experience at my first board meeting with Barrick. All of the support and prep with your team definitely paid off. Thanks for all of your help!
As the very first investor in Athena Alliance, I continue to be impressed by the tremendous impact and growth that this organization has had in such a short period of time. Our mission is bold and compelling and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
Athena Alliance is great at helping women who are seeking their first board position and those who are looking to expand their board portfolio. One of the best attributes of the organization is the networking.
The Athena community is incredible. I’ve made invaluable connections: two advisors and one potential customer, which I did not expect! The bar is just really high.
Athena is an organization that has changed my life for the better. Athena’s white glove service is unlike any other ‘women’s organization’ I have been a part of. I felt the Athena team truly wanted me to succeed and would do whatever possible to make it happen.
We’re thrilled to have worked with Athena to bring veteran CEO and tech leader Penny Herscher onto our Board of Directors. Penny's deep knowledge of startup acceleration and growth will play an important part in our continued effort to build a long-lasting brand.
The journey has been great. The coaches and the process for Athena have been excellent.
We’ve enhanced our network of top executive women who are actively engaged in discussion with our firm and our portfolio by 142 in the last year alone.
I really appreciated Adriana’s help with my EP over the last few days. The turnaround was quick and I had several "aha's" from our conversation about how to position myself better. And, I loved her approach to getting to my value.
I cannot say enough great things about Athena Alliance. It’s been a wonderful journey so far, even without a commercial board seat to date. I’ve been doing a ton of networking with board members and they are unanimous in one bit of advice—don’t rush to that first board seat.
The Athena Alliance has been valuable to me on several fronts - providing useful board-readiness training and insights via informational sessions, facilitating introductions to boards in active recruitment, and enabling connections with a powerful community of women.
The Athena Alliance team has put together a great program that really helps a prospective board member understand what it really takes to move from “hands-on” to the Board Room. The tools, activities, and support that the Athena Alliance provides to prepare women for the journey from beginning to end.
Autodesk invests heavily in development and diversity and inclusion for our employees but did not have much targeted at the executive levels. Athena has been a great supplement to our diversity and inclusion efforts while also providing growth and development for our most senior women.
Athena has opened doors to companies for me that I would never have been able to open. But, that is not the only value Athena provided. Being advised, coached, and cheered on by an experienced Journey Advisor was invaluable.
The Athena Alliance is a powerful and game-changing organization at many levels. Personally, Athena opened doors and created the network trust I needed to have access to public board opportunities that otherwise would have remained hidden.
In my role as a venture capitalist, I serve on Boards and help our companies build their Boards. I have attended and participated in a number of Athena Alliance events, and have always been impressed by the quality of executives in the network, the content of the events, and community.
The Athena Alliance connected us with a broad array of incredibly talented women from a variety of disciplines, all with deep knowledge and experience in various technology sectors. Importantly, the process could not have been easier and more enjoyable.
Sourcing world-class board members is a tough challenge for a startup. I could not recommend Athena more strongly if sourcing world-class women leaders for your board is important to you.
Athena Alliance is tireless in its mission to bring valuable opportunities and indispensable resources to its membership. There are only actions and results.
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