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

public board matches

In just 2 years, we have supported 14 public board matches…

Julie Cullivan

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Merline Saintil

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Patty Hatter

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Yvonne Wassenaar

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Jessica Denecour

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Yvonne Wassenaar

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Beatriz Infante

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Laurel Buckner

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Glenda Dorchak

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Roxanne Oulman

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Helen Riley

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Melanie Steiner

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Diana McKenzie

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Gavriella Schuster

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

private board matches

We have also had the pleasure of supporting 9 placements of women to private boards …

Allison Watson

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Kara Wilson

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Claudia Reuter

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Laurie Yoler

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Jenny Cheng

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Jocelyn Mangan

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Barbara Nelson

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Penny Herscher

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

Mari Baker

appointed to the Board of Directors of...

advisory matches

In the past 2 years, we have placed 6 women in advisory positions…

Claudia Reuter

appointed to the advisory board of...

Sue Redman

appointed to the advisory board of...

Liz Tinkham

appointed to the advisory board of...

Betsy Atkins

appointed to the advisory board of...

Amy Vetter

appointed to the advisory board of...

Sally Shankland

appointed to the advisory board of...

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