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

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Board Matches Supported

Allison Watson appointed to the board of

Kara Wilson appointed to the board of

Jessica Denecour appointed to the board of

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Merline Saintil appointed to the board of

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Yvonne Wassenaar appointed to the board of

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Julie Cullivan appointed to the board of

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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