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Cultivate your strength as a leader. Connect with other women executives. Athena makes it easy, with a mix of virtual and in-person events.

Tue, Oct 20 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
10/20/2020 9:00am10/20/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesBoard Self Oversight: Resigning From Your Board RoleManage your departure from a board position with grace with tips from Athena member Sharon Gabrielson, who has served on the Audit, Nom/Gov, and Compensation Committees of public companies including Sharps Compliance and Catasys (now Ontrak), Inc. It is possible to keep your reputation intact and maintain a good relationship with the board when resigning, which Sharon has done with successful results. She will share insights on how she knows it’s time to leave a board, what she wish she had known before resigning from her first board, and what she learned through the process.Virtual
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Board Self Oversight

Resigning From Your Board Role

Wed, Oct 21 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
10/21/2020 9:00am10/21/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesOnboarding as a New Director: Ensuring Your Onboarding Experience is a SuccessGive (and get) the most impact from your board role from the start. Join experienced board director Bath Lewis (who is currently Chair of the Thrivent Federal Credit Union Board) to learn how to be proactive to make your pre-board acceptance due diligence and onboarding experience a success. She will share ideas on researching a board opportunity to determine whether the organization and board are a good fit in terms of values and culture. She will also provide a checklist to ensure your success through the questions you ask, the organizational documents you review, the engagement you have with both executives and other board members, and your own deportment. If you are a member of a board concerned about smooth integration of new members, you’ll learn how to develop a carefully crafted onboarding plan to help them and the board as a whole.Virtual
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Onboarding as a New Director

Ensuring Your Onboarding Experience is a Success

Fri, Oct 23 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hrs)
10/23/2020 12:00pm10/23/2020 1:00 pmAmerica/Los_AngelesAthena: Public Webinar: Introduction to AthenaJoin us for this special intro webinar, designed for prospective Athena Alliance members and lead by Coco Brown, CEO and Founder of The Athena Alliance.Virtual
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Athena

Public Webinar: Introduction to Athena

Tue, Oct 27 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
10/27/2020 9:00am10/27/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesInvesting: Own Your Worth - Women, Wealth and a Path to Financial IndependenceThe face of wealth is changing—and it’s becoming more female. Align your wealth and spending with your purpose in this informative and engaging session with two UBS execs—Carey Shuffman, Head of the Women’s Strategic Client Segment and Jennifer Povlitz, Divisional Director for Wealth Management USA. We will focus on why women are (or are not) involved in the financial decisions that impact their family’s futures and how to become more involved in the process, regardless of your current level of involvement. You will learn how to leverage your own financial story while also learning how to make more strategic financial decisions to help you navigate your financial future.Virtual
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Investing

Own Your Worth - Women, Wealth and a Path to Financial Independence

Wed, Oct 28 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
10/28/2020 9:00am10/28/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesInvesting: A Step-by-Step Guide: How Institutional Investors Outsmart Small-Cap CompaniesUnlike for large public companies, capital formation for middle market companies is a minefield for the unwary. Varying degrees of trading liquidity, equity research coverage, and C-Suite and director experience often lead to equity capital market transactions that are sometimes needlessly dilutive. To make matters worse, there are no report cards issued for capital raising in the public company ecosystem. A public company seeks $50 million in growth financing, and secures it. The officers and directors think the financing was terrific. In fact, their investment bankers confirmed it. But down the street, the hedge funds that supplied the growth capital are literally laughing all the way to the bank. This happens hundreds of times a year, to the tune of $30b+. We’re going to hear precisely how and why from the perspective of someone who co-managed an investment fund that invested in more than 500 such small-cap growth financings.Virtual
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Investing

A Step-by-Step Guide: How Institutional Investors Outsmart Small-Cap Companies

Thu, Oct 29 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
10/29/2020 9:00am10/29/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesBoard Interview and Selection: Journey to the Boardroom- A Step by Step PlanGetting on a board is a journey that requires a clear intention and constant focus, as Athena member Meg Crofton knows well after joining the boards of notable companies like Tupperware Brands, Cracker Barrel, and HCA Healthcare. She will guide Athena members through four steps to land your first board opportunity and ensure it’s the best position for you at this stage of your career. Understand your guiding principles, develop your personal board of advisors, and hone in on your perfect board opportunity through this engaging and interactive salon.Virtual
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Board Interview and Selection

Journey to the Boardroom- A Step by Step Plan

Wed, Nov 04 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
11/04/2020 9:00am11/04/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesFinancial Oversight: The Board’s Role in M&A to Ensure Success75% of acquisitions fail to achieve expectations. From setting the strategy to providing adequate oversight, the board plays a critical role in ensuring the success of M&A activity before the ink is even dry. This session will give members a deep dive into M&A principles and processes, led by experienced board directors Carol Coughlin (board director at University of Maryland Medical Center, Trusty.care, Hamilton Bancorp (former), and more) and Kathy Miller (board director at Tecsys & Teleco Business Solutions and CFO Energy Exemplar). They will describe the board’s oversight role to ensure the acquisitions are accretive to the bottom-line of your company.Virtual
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Financial Oversight

The Board’s Role in M&A to Ensure Success

Thu, Nov 05 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
11/05/2020 9:00am11/05/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesInvesting: Women & Wealth | Money & RelationshipsIn 2017, Tama Smith partnered with financial planning and advisory firm Brighton Jones to launch the Women Living a Richer Life division, focused on empowering women to meet their unique financial challenges. A graduate of the Wharton Business School and UC Berkley, Tama's research over the past 3 years into the relationship that whip smart, highly successful professional women have with their money uncovered some strong - and sometime surprising - themes. In this dynamic event, Tama will share these powerful insights. Joined in this event by her colleague Manisha Thakor (author of GET FINANCIALLY NAKED: How to Talk Money with Your Honey) they will cover a wide range of topics including investing, pay equity, having "the money talk"—be it with your partner, your aging parents, or your young adult children—and how to invest in your emotional wealth in tandem with your financial health. Join us for an engaging discussion about the essential building blocks to create the financial future you want for your life.Virtual
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Investing

Women & Wealth | Money & Relationships

Fri, Nov 06 @ 10:00am PT (1 hrs)
11/06/2020 10:00am11/06/2020 11:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesEvolving Your Career: How to Parachute in as the new Chief Executive OfficerCongratulations! You've just been announced as the new CEO.  What should you do first? What is your new team expecting of you? What are the biggest opportunities and risks ahead?  How do you find solid footing from the start and avoid a fumble? In this salon, seasoned CEO, Michele Bettencourt, will share her playbook and lessons learned that have enabled her and her teams to build more than $3B of shareholder value.Virtual
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Evolving Your Career

How to Parachute in as the new Chief Executive Officer

Thu, Nov 19 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
11/19/2020 9:00am11/19/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesRisk and Crisis Management: Creating a Climate Action PlanJust like every crisis, climate should be addressed systematically and holistically by your organization. Join Amanda North, CEO of Plan C Advisors, and Britt Ide, Athena Coach and an ESG-focused public company board director, as they guide Athena members in how board directors can influence the creation of a strategic corporate action plan for climate change. They will cover the importance of educating your base, assessing a range of risks, from physical to reputational, evaluating your corporate purpose, catalyzing your entire organization, and communicating changes at every level—from your board to investors to your end customers. You will leave this salon with an overview and a framework to ask questions in the boardroom to better prepare your company for the risks and opportunities of climate change. Virtual
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Risk and Crisis Management

Creating a Climate Action Plan

Tue, Dec 01 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)
12/01/2020 9:00am12/01/2020 10:00 amAmerica/Los_AngelesFinancial Oversight: Buy-Side Acquisitions: A CFO’s Perspective and the Oversight Role of the BoardCompanies often grow by acquisition, but as we learned in an earlier session, the majority of acquisitions are not accretive to the bottom-line.  Our speaker, Elizabeth Salomon, is a highly experienced CFO working for high growth companies and will share some of her insights on financial modeling and assumptions used in making the business case to the board.  In addition, we’ll talk about the diligence work that should be done, culture, and the importance of planning for successful integrations.Virtual
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Financial Oversight

Buy-Side Acquisitions: A CFO’s Perspective and the Oversight Role of the Board