ATHENA International Joins Women Business Organizations Leaders to Make History Collaborating to Accelerate Results



ATHENA International Joins Women Business Organizations Leaders to Make History Collaborating to Accelerate Results – Collective Action on Representation in Executive Suites and Boardrooms with Diversity and Parity

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Washington, D.C. May 2, 2019 - In an unprecedented act of collaboration, the CEOs and leaders of 22 prominent women’s business organizations will convene in Washington to launch a shared mission to accelerate the pace toward achieving gender pay parity and the appointment of women — especially women of color — to C-suite roles and boards. These business leaders will unite under the auspices of the Women Business Collaborative (WBC) to share their individual organization’s strategic priorities and identify concrete, collaborative actions to quicken the pace toward the achievement of the goals. The Women Business Collaborative (WBC) was formed to amplify, support organizations, institutions and the broader community.

Women account for just 5% of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies and the numbers in the boards; C-suite and board numbers for the Russell 3000 are worse. The numbers are even more alarming for women of color, who hold less than 5% of the positions in C-suites and on corporate boards. Together we aim to change the numbers.

The groups have committed to an Organization Proclamation, and the leaders present have committed to an Individual Leaders’ Commitment to leverage one another’s priorities and core competencies, pledging shared advocacy and celebration of individual and collective efforts.

Through WBC, the member groups will focus on eight action areas:

  • Women in the C-Suite with P&L responsibility

  • CEO Leadership and sponsorship

  • Women in the boardroom

  • Gender parity and equity in pay and promotion

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Entrepreneurship and access to capital

  • Learning and development

  • Strategic communications, media and outreach

The Women Business Collaborative Roundtable includes leader organizations that are advancing missions to support the full partnership of men and women business leaders. Collectively, they reach and represent thousands of companies and millions of senior business executives. “Together we will amplify our voices, programs and action,” said Edie Fraser, CEO of the WBC. Working Mother Media’s CEO Subha Barry explained it this way: “These leaders represent an inspirational and inspired action team. We will walk together and walk far. We will pick each other up when we tire and we will cheer each other on as we find success.”

WBC believes that collaboration will produce outcomes greater than the sum of the parts. We are #FasterTogether.

Andrea Conner, President of ATHENA International and Jean English, Board Member of ATHENA International and Chief Marketing Officer at NetAPP will host a collaborative breakout session to discuss the Gender Multiplier Effect.

Andrea Conner added, “We will  shatter  ceilings  if  we  foster  collaboration:  Three  decades  of research show that women are good for business, for our communities, and for our society as a whole.    If we amplify our message, and support women from the classroom to the boardroom, we will shatter all the glass ceilings out there.”

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb