The Athena Alliance Presents:

“Save a Seat for Your Daughter”


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Event Details

When: December 7, 2017 @ 6pm

Where: Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94301

What: The event will feature an inspiring female DJ, auction showcasing women-led businesses, short speeches from two iconic leaders, and three honorees whose leadership as CEOs and investors have supported our mission of gender inclusiveness. All this will be accompanied by delicious food and drinks, and wonderful networking.

Who: This evening will be attended by top leaders and investors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This is a topic for everyone, so we encourage attendees to bring their kids.

Why: Through the “Save a Seat for Your Daughter” fundraiser, we aim to raise funds and inspire the community to consider gender parity when choosing leadership teams.

Tickets: Tickets are $125 for adults. We very much want to encourage you to bring your family, as this is the type of movement that requires everyone’s attention and affects us all. As such, tickets for students are $20, and kids under 18 are free.

Buy tickets in groups for additional savings
$850 for 10 tickets
$450 for 5 tickets

Register Now – While Tickets Last!

Why Attend

You’ll be empowering future generations.

Gender diversity on boards improves at just 1% per year. At this rate, it will take 30-50 years to reach parity. Sadly, this same slow progress applies at each layer of top leadership in corporate America. With this theme, we hope to inspire both men and women to consider future generations in their actions today and to speed up this progress. Thankfully, we are living in a time where the topic of gender disparity in business is becoming more prevalent. With this event, we hope to continue this momentum, and to encourage the Silicon Valley community to come together to build a more equal business world for future generations.

Because men, your investment is crucial.

Why? Because you can move the needle faster than women can on their own. You have 80% of the leadership roles (in smaller public and private companies, closer to 90%), which means you make the decisions, you set the culture, your queues are the queues everyone follows. If you do not demand diversity or take risks on women and minority groups to get them in the door, you will not benefit from what we have to offer.

Meet The Speakers

Maria Klawe

Klawe is a renowned lecturer and has given talks at international conferences, national symposia, and colleges across the U.S. and Canada about diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and industries, gender and gaming, and lessons from her own career in STEM industry and education. Klawe was the recipient of the 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and was ranked 17 on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2015 she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Computer Science and the Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women, and she was inducted into the US News STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame. She was honored by the Computing Research Association’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is currently the President of Harvey Mudd College, and is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955.

Geoffrey Moore

Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech enterprises, most recently including Salesforce, Microsoft, Intel, Box, Aruba, Cognizant, and Rackspace. Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, focuses on the challenges start-up companies face transitioning from early adopting to mainstream customers. It has sold more than a million copies. Moore’s most recent work, Escape Velocity, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when they seek to add a new line of business to their established portfolio.

Samaira Mehta

The 9-year-old Founder & CEO of CoderBunnyz, a board game teaching CS concepts. Samaira invented a STEM coding board game called CoderBunnyz, which helps teach coding to kids age 4-104 in a playful way. She has given more than 40 workshops with her board game in Silicon Valley, teaching over 1400 kids, including 50+ at Google HQ. She started a nonprofit called Girls U Code to teach coding to underrepresented girls.


  • 6:00 PM
    Champagne and appetizers offered
  • 6:30 PM
    Event Kickoff
  • 6:45PM – 7:30PM
    Mingling & Silent Auction
  • 7:30PM – 8:00PM
  • 8:00PM – 8:20PM
  • 8:20PM – 9:00PM
    Silent Auction & Continued Mingling
    Coffee and dessert offered

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 to learn more.

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