Athena On Boards is a 5-month workshop series that prepares women with their boardroom placement strategies. Central to the program’s success is the assignment to a smaller cohort of 4-6 women and led by an executive female mentor that helps mentees:

  1. Design your board bio that captures your governance capabilities and specific value-add for targeted companies; 

  2. Articulate and role-play your boardroom superpower pitch with your peers and mentor, and

  3. Stay accountable in activating your network on your boardroom intentions and executing on your board search strategy.

 

Each participant completes an application detailing the types of board, the targeted sector and other relative info as we assign the dedicated mentoring cohorts accordingly.  These smaller mentor groups meet on alternate months of the AoB workshops and are announced during workshop #1. 

AoB Curriculum 

Workshop 1 | Introduction to Athena on Boards

Legal overview of roles and responsibilities and corporate landscape of boardroom compliance

Workshop 2 | How to Join the Winner's Circle

AoB alumni share their entire journey in landing their board seats

 

Workshop 3 | Women With A Seat & Voice In The Boardroom

Female Board Directors share their experiences on how governing actually works inside the boardroom

Following graduation, Athena publishes each alumnae profile on a dedicated webpage and promotes them in The Athena Effect newsletter and on social media throughout the year. 

 

Significant market forces continue to generate strong demand for women on boards in 2021:  

  • STATE STREET | Effective 2021, State Street notified its investment companies to provide “specific communications” to shareholders regarding  (1) the role of diversity in the company’s human capital management practices and strategy, (2) the company’s goals regarding diversity, (3) measures of the diversity of the company’s board and global employee base, (4) goals for racial and ethnic representation at the board level, including how the board reflects the diversity of the company’s key stakeholders beyond investors, and (5) the board’s role in oversight of diversity and inclusion.

  • SB 826 | By the end of 2021, California-based companies must install at least two female directors on five-member boards, and at least three female directors on boards with six or more members

  • NASDAQ | In December 2020, Nasdaq issues its own diversity mandate that will require listed companies to have at least two diverse board members, including one person who self-identifies as female and one person who self-identifies as an underrepresented minority or LGBTQ+. An underrepresented minority, Nasdaq clarifies, is anyone who self-identifies as Black or African American; Hispanic or Latinx; Native American or Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; or Asian.

  • CA Secretary of State | In March 2020 | California released its compliance report of those companies subject to SB 826. They found that 330 of the 653 impacted companies filed a statement and 282 self-reported compliance with the law. 

  • GOLDMAN SACHS | In January 2020, Goldman Sachs CEO announced at the World Economic Forum that they will not take any company public without women on their boards.

To secure your spot on the next cohort waitlist, contact Athena CEO, Holly Smithson

and launch your boardroom journey among Athena's pioneers.

“Athena On Boards program profoundly increased my boardroom knowledge, motivation to serve others, and confidence, resulting in my first board appointment two months after completing the program. I appreciate the mentoring and encouragement from the invaluable Athena network.”

Sharon Schwab 

Global Senior Portfolio Manager | BD

"AOB helped me target the areas where I can meaningfully contribute and how to best market those strengths. I highly recommend the networking, educational guidance, and solid preparation that AOB offers and look forward to driving success in my new board seat at CREW San Diego."

Julie Kilpatrick 

Director, Real Estate | UC San Diego

"AOB was truly empowering and provided me with valuable knowledge to aid me in my Board journey. I gained confidence and felt empowered to showcase my value in the boardroom."

Vanessa Small

Senior Director, Biologics

Cue Health, Inc.

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Amara Siva, Ph.D.

VP, Laboratory Operations

Epic Sciences

BOARD APPOINTMENT

June 2022

Alimentiv

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Karen Davies

Chief Development Officer

Sherlock Biosciences

BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 2022

The Bright App

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Jaye Connolly-LaBelle

Chairman & Chief Executive Office

RippleNami, Inc.

BOARD APPOINTMENT

November 2021

Caelum Resources

October 2020

RippleNami Uganda

February 2020

Complete Patient Care Group

April 2015

RippleNami, Inc.

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Shannon Wesley

Assoc. Director, Master Data & Analytics

BD

BOARD APPOINTMENT

May 2021

USD Shiley - Marcos Engineering
Executive Advisory Board

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Ida Khodami

Partner

Two Bear Capital

BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 2021

Athena

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Sharon Schwab

Global Senior Portfolio Manager

BD

BOARD APPOINTMENT

December 2020

Project Management Institute (PMI)
San Diego | VP, Outreach

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Sita Lowman

VP and General Manager, Platform Services Integrated Practice

DXC Technologies

BOARD APPOINTMENT

June 2020

One Stop Systems
(NASDAQ: OSS)

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Rachel Ford Hutman

Founder and CEO

Ford Hutman Media

BOARD APPOINTMENT

June 2022

dbaPlatform

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Carmen Rene

CFO

EnergySource, LLC

BOARD APPOINTMENT

December 2021

CSUSM Corporation Board

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Vanessa Small

Senior Director, Biologics

Cue Health, Inc.

BOARD APPOINTMENT

July 2021

Digital Dx Ventures

October 2020

Together Estranged

2020

EDNA.LIFE

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Susan Miller

Sr. Director, Global Product Security

Oracle

BOARD APPOINTMENT

April 2021

BrightApp Inc.

January 2021

Athena

August 2021

Gary Sinise Foundation

January 2022

Palomar College Foundation

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Shirin Alipanah

Principal

Avasant

BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 2021

Oakstone Homeowners
Association | Treasurer

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Julie Kilpatrick

Director, Real Estate

UC San Diego

BOARD APPOINTMENT

September 2020