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Athena's On Boards Series | 3 Workshops
4401 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA
Thursday, June 20, 2019, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM PST
Category: Special Events

Athena 2019 On Boards Workshop Program Series

Athena is excited to relaunch its On Boards Program Series to help position executive women in STEM to land a board seat.  As California public companies seek to comply with California’s legislative mandate to have at least one woman on their board of directors by 2019, Athena’s On Boards program aims to strategically empower more women seeking board placement.

This 3-part series is designed to activate your personal brand, strengthen your differentiation and overall game plan and alert your network of your boardroom intentions.

Interested applicants should register by Wednesday, June 19, 2019 to ensure a mentor is assigned prior to the first workshop.

Registration for the 2019 Workshop Series is now closed. Please contact Jessica Simington with any questions. 

Workshop 1: Laying the Groundwork & Mentor Matching
Date/Time: Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Cooley | 4401 Eastgate Mall, San Diego

4:00 – 4:30 pm | Registration & Networking
4:30 – 5:30 pm | Laying the Groundwork
5:30 – 6:30 pm | Mentor Match Workshop
6:30 – 7:00 pm | Network Reception

Workshop 1 will address fiduciary and other compliance responsibilities to consider before joining a board. Additionally, each executive will participate in a Mentor-Match workshop where you’ll be assigned a mentoring group to provide structured guidance and accountability in your boardroom journey. Athena’s dedicated Mentors are executives from the San Diego business community with experience serving on public and private boards.

Topics will include:

  • Diversity on boards
  • Director liability landscape
  • D&O Insurance
  • Indemnification agreements
  • Risks for public, private and non-profits
  • Director compensation
    • Metrics: Average/median compensation for private and public directors
    • Financial incentives


Workshop 2: Formulate Your Board Placement Action Plan
Date/Time: Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Cooley | 4401 Eastgate Mall, San Diego
Workshop 2 will provide a deep dive into the specific qualities and expertise that boards are now seeking.  Additionally, each executive will then be tasked with formulating a personalized action plan and have the opportunity to connect with companies actively recruiting female board members and activate your network.  

  • Teresa Jacques, Partner, Technology, Board Practice Leader | Major Executive Search
  • Judy Thompson, Founder and Executive Recruiter | Thompson Financial Search
  • Robin Toft, Founder & CEO | The Toft Executive Group
  • Annette Winn, Senior Consultant | Compensia
  • Speaker TBA

Workshop 3: Defining Tactics & Activating Your Network
October (Date TBA)
Location: Cooley | 4401 Eastgate Mall, San Diego
Workshop 3 will include a tactical discussion that provides each executive with a list of board director openings in California. A panel of investors will share insights on the ongoing refresh of board compositions prompted by California’s board mandate and how to best leverage those opportunities through the Athena network. Each executive will have the opportunity to practice their elevator pitch with their new network. 

Participants will receive an Athena On Boards certification and be positioned to join the ranks of modern boardrooms that no longer exclude women.

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