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We increase the visibility of qualified executive women, enhance their public and online presence, expand their networks by creating key connections, and match them with board opportunities.
Dear members, supporters, and friends,

As we approach our six-month mark, I am reflecting on how much we've accomplished in so short a time - a board match, an incredible base of membership and support, a website, key funding, amazing events.... We could not have achieved this success without our incredible early sponsors, Intuit and DLA Piper. We'd also like to thank our wonderful industry partners (who we will highlight in the next newsletter) and the fantastic executive women who have been with us over the 12 years of our former incarnation.

The big news of late is that we are formally launching an online Member Journey portal to support our members with Brand, Presentation, Visibility, and Match! In this newsletter, we're thrilled to highlight several features of our Member Portal and help you get a better sense of just who an “Athena Woman" is through our "I Am" videos. We also share two of our favorite recent pieces of guidance and advice. Members - don't forget to sign up for our July and August Elevator Pitch Nights with industry experts!

Thank you for supporting The Athena Alliance.

All my best,
Coco Brown
Founder & CEO

News & Announcements

The Athena Alliance launches online portal

The official launch of our online Member Portal is scheduled for this coming week. We're extremely excited for this advancement in our program. The Portal will streamline and centralize the Athena member experience by offering access to key resources, networking opportunities, and the Athena community, all in one place. Here are three portal features we're most excited about:
  • A centralized Opportunities section for members to easily review open board seats, submit themselves for consideration, or make a referral.
  • A comprehensive Resource Library connecting our members with curated training resources and best practices from Athena's key partners and trusted industry leaders. The library also includes exclusive content from The Athena Alliance - if you missed our panel discussions, you can find them here!
  • A Member Journey section that guides our members through the development of their personal brand, board bio and elevator pitch, board meeting simulations, executive recruiter screenings, executive coaching sessions with top tier coaches, and more! 

Video: Meet the Women of Athena

A number of great interviews with Athena women have been added to our website, not least of which is our "I Am" video highlighting women of the Athena community. Check out our Video Library to see our interviews on board service with:
  • Jennifer Tejada, Board Director for Puppet Labs
  • Kara Wilson, CMO of FireEye
  • Lisbeth McNabb, NACD Top 100 Director 2015
  • Fran Maier, Founder of
Watch Now

Recommended Reading

Women on Boards: It's Time to Change the Numbers

This must-read blog contains grounded and practical advice from Sharp Alice and Athena woman Jennifer Tejada. Athena is also mentioned as one of Sharp Alice's 5 top resources for women seeking board service! 
Read More

Gender Diversity on Boards - A Driver of Value

A recent favorite, this article contains a number of terrific stats and perspectives on the value of diversity on boards and on the best ways to achieve parity. 
Read More


  • Athena members, sign up for our Pitch Nights! - We're hosting two Elevator Pitch sessions with industry experts. Learn more about the July session here and the August session here
  • The Athena Alliance is now on LinkedIn! - Follow us on LinkedIn or add the official Athena Alliance company page to your personal profile.
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