Our Impact

We accelerate the pace of change toward gender parity in the boardroom

How we’re accelerating the pace of change

  1. Prepare executive women for the board selection & enhance their public presence
  2. Expand the networks of boards & top executive women
  3. Actively connect boards and qualified women

Our Impact Since Day One – 3/14/2016

Board Matches Supported

Allison Watson appointed to the board of

Kara Wilson appointed to the board of

Jessica Denecour appointed to the board of


Merline Saintil appointed to the board of


Yvonne Wassenaar appointed to the board of


Julie Cullivan appointed to the board of


Potential Matches In Progress
Accelerating the pace of change toward gender balance in the boardroom

Every month new opportunities are added

  • 3-8
    women are put forward by Athena; 4 on average
  • 1/2
    of these women are interviewed
  • 1/4
    continue to final consideration

Why do we do this?

It’s not just a social value; it’s an economic value. Diversity makes a difference to the bottomline, just ask:

“Companies with strong female leadership deliver a 36% higher return on equity… organizations with strong female leadership scored an average 10.1% return on equity from the end of 2009 to September 2015, compared with 7.4% for companies without women at the most senior levels.”

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“Women in Corporate Leadership Can Signficantly Increase Profitability … shows some benefit to female directors & CEOs, and even stronger to greater number of top female executives.”

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“Investing in gender diversity at the workplace is profitable for both companies and investors…”

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“…companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians. [by 15% for gender diversity, and 35% for ethnic diversity]”

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… and yet gender diversity on boards improves at just 1% per year

At this rate, it will take 30 to 50 years to reach parity.

% women on Fortune 1500 boards