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Launch of the Seattle chapter of the Athena Alliance
October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join Coco Brown, Allison Watson and Liz Tinkham for the launch of the Seattle chapter of the Athena Alliance on Monday, Oct 30 at 6pm at Microsoft’s offices at Lincoln Square, Bellevue.
The Athena Alliance started 18 months ago in San Francisco with a mission to bring more women into the Boardroom. With over 100 members, 6 board placements and demand growing, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Alliance Watson, and former Accenture Senior Managing Director Liz Tinkham, have teamed to bring Athena Alliance to Seattle, with Microsoft providing a significant corporate sponsorship to launch the Seattle chapter. On October 30, Founder and CEO, Coco Brown along with Allison, Liz and other local CEOs and women board members will present a panel discussion on the Athena Alliance, board service and how Athena prepares and places its members on boards. In addition, they will discuss plans for the Seattle chapter and how you can participate.
We hope you can join us for this exciting launch!
About the Athena Alliance – Vision, Mission and Highlights:
Our vision is of a world where everyone benefits from the indisputable value of women contributing at the highest levels of leadership; alongside men and in parity – 50/50. Our first mission toward achieving this vision is to bring more women to the boardroom by supporting women in the last mile efforts to get them in the right place at the right time, and ready to share their unique and relevant value. Further we support our mission by enhancing the intimate network of boards, and making introductions to the right women for the vacant seats they need to fill.
In just 18 months since incorporating, we have supported more than 30 boards and women from all over the US in the consideration of women directors. Within this, we have more than 20 actively considering Athena women today (a combination of both private and public companies). Six have brought Athena women to the board (Forrester, MobileIron, Banner Bank, Axon, DoubleDutch and Jitterbit). Beyond these end results, the meaningful expansion of networks for women and boards is almost immeasurable. We’ve put forward more than 150 women, ensuring “eyeballs” to their profiles, and we’ve secured more than 60 first interviews, many resulting in multiple interviews with board directors and CEOs.
While we have well over 500 C-level women in our close network, by the end of the year we expect well over 100 will be Athena members (we have 98 now). One third of our members are Pioneers (women already on a public company board) and two thirds are Aspiring Directors (breadth and level of leadership clearly qualified to serve on a private or public board from companies like Autodesk, Microsoft, Intuit, Workday, GE, Cisco, Clorox, the Gap, Google, etc.). Our members get white-glove, high-touch, 1:1 and intimate group coaching around board selection readiness. We also work actively to enhance their networks in the right ways – connecting them to CEOs, VCs, seated directors and board recruiters. And, we help raise their visibility through PR, speaking opportunities and awards.
Our first 18 months have been spent mostly as an unknown entity relying on critical early believers like Autodesk, Intuit, Microsoft, and OpenView Venture Partners and a few key connections within our small team to drive opportunity and awareness. We all worked hard to contribute far more than we might ever see come back to us to build relationships, deliver value and spread the word. We are now beginning to see ourselves on a national stage, with VCs calling Athena, with F500 companies reaching out, and with women and boards spreading the word of the great value they are getting. Please visit us at www.athenaalliance.org to learn more.