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ATHENA
ON BOARDS

FUELING THE BOARDROOM PIPELINE

LAUNCHING 2024

Athena on Boards accelerates gender balance on corporate boards by fueling the pipeline of board-ready women in STEM and collaborating with corporations committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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

  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.

Meet thAOB Graduates

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. 

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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Tiffany Valentine

Bristol Myers Squibb

Global Development Operations Excellence, Associate Director

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

August 2023

Advisory Board, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) San Diego

Advisory Board, BeyondCeliac Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Carrie Craig

Bose Corporation

Sr Director of Global Applications Delivery

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

July 2023

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego

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Amara Siva, Ph.D.

Epic Sciences

VP, Laboratory Operations

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

June 2022

Alimentiv

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Christine Jorgensen

Qualcomm

Director, Product Managment 

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

PET Nutrition Center

January 2020

My Legacy Inc

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Vanessa Small

Cue Health, Inc.

Senior Director, Biologics

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

July 2021

Digital Dx Ventures

October 2020

Together Estranged

2020

EDNA.LIFE

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Susan Miller

Oracle

Sr. Director, Global Product Security

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

April 2021

BrightApp Inc.

August 2021

Gary Sinise Foundation

January 2022

Palomar College Foundation

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Susan Poser

Oracle

VP, Customer & Employee Experience

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 2021

Athena

June 2021

The Bright App

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Lori Westin

Wilson, Sonsini, Godrich & Rosati

Of Counsel

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

September 2020

Women of Color in Law

July 2020

transcenDANCE | Board Treasurer

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Tiffany Rosik

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

November 2019

Promises2Kids

May 2021

BrightApp Inc.

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Margie Holmes

Mirati Therapeutics, Inc.

Executive Director Regulatory Affairs

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

August 2023

Partners in College Success (PiCS)

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Rayna Herman

EVERSANA

CCO

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

May 2023

Almaden Genomics

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Shirley Yager

Qualcomm

Director, Product Management

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

February 2022

Greater Teach

October 2019

Qwomen

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Carmen Rene

EnergySource, LLC

CFO

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

December 2021

CSUSM Corporation Board

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Dr. Sara Zaknoen 

Zed Strategic Consulting

Principle

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

May 2021

aTyr Pharma (NASDAQ: LIFE)

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Shirin Alipanah

Avasant

Principal

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 2021

Oakstone Homeowners
Association | Treasurer

September 2022

Project Management Institute - SD Chapter VP Outreach & Marketing Committee

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Sharon Schwab

BD

Global Senior Portfolio Manager

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

December 2020

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

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Julie Kilpatrick

UC San Diego

Director, Real Estate

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

September 2020

CREW San Diego 

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Kathleen Delaney

Kofax

Chief Marketing Office

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

July 2019

San Diego Youth Symphony

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Samantha Bishop

Bionano Genomics, Inc.

Director of Quality

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

July 2023

Sun Never Sets

June 2023

Board Director, Marketing, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA)

January 2023

Advisory Board, UC Riverside Transformative Leadership

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Rachel Ford Hutman

Ford Hutman Media

Founder and CEO

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

June 2022

dbaPlatform

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Karen Davies

Sherlock Biosciences

Chief Development Officer

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 2022

The Bright App

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Jaye Connolly-LaBelle

RippleNami, Inc.

Chairman & CEO

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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

BD

Assoc. Director, Master Data & Analytics

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

May 2021

USD Shiley - Marcos Engineering
Executive Advisory Board

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Ida Khodami

Two Bear Capital

Partner

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 2021

Athena

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Trisha Millican

Metacrine

CFO

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

December 2020

Amunix Pharmecuticals
Audit Committee Chair

ReCode

December 2022

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Sita Lowman

DXC Technologies

VP and General Manager, Platform Services Integrated Practice

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

June 2020

One Stop Systems
(NASDAQ: OSS)

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BOARD APPOINTMENT

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

  • 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.

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