We speak with Coco Brown, the founder & CEO of The Athena Alliance, about the unconventional leadership she uses to build virtual relationships at the highest levels in her company and extended alliance network.
This is part one of our wide-ranging conversation. It was such a wonderful interchange that we just couldn’t cut it short! Part two is immediately available as Episode 215.
The Athena Alliance is a game-changing digital ecosystem helping to position the top 10% of executive women for advancement and board opportunities while also transforming the boardroom towards a modern composition model. She leads change and transformation, accelerating multimillion-dollar growth through vision, strategy, technology, and people leadership. To date, the business has established a network of 5,000+ C-level women, VCs, and CEOs from 200+ companies, achieved 200% annualized YOY growth and helped 400+ women successfully land board placements. Members and corporate customers come from hundreds of top brands, including Amazon, Autodesk, Bank of America, Intel, Intuit, Microsoft, Quinstreet, and Stripe.
Since 2013, Coco has served on 10 for-profit and nonprofit boards as a member, advisor, and committee leader, providing input and guidance around M&A, divestiture, audit, CEO succession and compensation, corporate strategy, financial planning, change management, and more. Nationally recognized as an expert in shaping the modern boardroom and modern leadership, Coco Brown is the first person many companies and CEOs call when they need help or advice around strategic planning, board makeup, or the changing landscape of board operations. Her connections are vast, and her thought leadership in these areas is considered generationally transformative. As a result, she was asked to become an Insights Council member with the prestigious Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence in 2022.
In addition to guiding and supporting executive leaders and boards, she is a sought-after speaker and writer and is frequently interviewed by business and industry publications. She has been quoted and featured in Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, InformationWeek, NACD Directorship, Nasdaq.com, Silicon Valley Business Journal, The Cube, The Street, and WSJ.
Coco joins us to discuss Athena Alliance’s goals and how the fully-remote network enables female leaders to advance their careers. She explains what it’s like to climb the industry ranks as a woman and how she maintains a culture of constant feedback despite running a fully-remote company. She describes the importance of breaking rules that don’t make sense and how to determine whether you’re taking too much risk. Coco also discusses the value of transparency and showing vulnerability as a leader.
“What’s healthy is for leaders to get all way in the organization and make sure there are checks and balances that perpetuate the culture you want to have.”
– Coco Brown
This week on Growth Igniters Radio:
- Coco’s role in Athena Alliance
- Being a woman in a male-dominated industry
- What motivated Coco to start Athena during the pandemic
- What is Athena Alliance and the services it offers
- What surprised Coco as Athena Alliance grew
- Creating team intimacy in the digital world
- The importance of transparency in building virtual relationships at the highest level
- How to determine if you’re taking too much risk
- Breaking rules that don’t make sense
- Why feedback is critical in a fully remote world
Coco Brown’s Three Immediately Useful Ideas:
- Check your personal resistance to virtual relationships
- Foster a system of constant feedback
- Lead to promote transparency & Vulnerability
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- Find out about Pam’s Keynote address at Pam Harper Speaks
- The Strength of Weak Ties
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