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Penelope Delgadillo Valencia is a seasoned marketing and channel executive who, throughout her career, has accelerated market expansion of disruptive technologies across Fortune 10 companies and innovative start-ups. Currently serving as Global Head of Marketing & Programs for Procore Technologies, Penelope has built her reputation at companies like Microsoft, PayPal, and SAP as she transformed and shaped their strategy through integrated marketing. From working with diverse groups and boards to having an eye for future trends, she lends her insights to growing SaaS and FinTech companies as an executive, board advisor, and board member.

Read more below about Penelope’s executive…


by Athena Alliance member Lisa Campbell

Digital transformation has been a popular term in technology circles for more than a decade, so much so it has run the risk of becoming meaningless. Before the pandemic, every business had a plan to digitally transform, but progress was slow. Many sectors were resistant to change or felt that they had plenty of time to complete the transformation.

COVID-19 changed all of that. It forced people to think differently and become more reliant on technology to get the job done. So, as we begin the journey towards the next normal, what now? Will…


by Athena member Barbara Nelson

I recently joined the board of Backblaze, a pre-IPO SaaS provider. Years ago, when I first thought I wanted to serve on a board, I asked a friend in board executive recruiting for advice. His reply: “Network! Network! Network!” I reached out to people I knew on boards and asked them the same question. They gave me the same answer…

Kimberly Alexy, a veteran board member I know (who I later learned is an Athena member) put it succinctly: “It’s all about people who know you really well and who can strongly advocate on your…


by Athena member Purvee Kondal

Over the past year, anti-Asian sentiment has again continued to rise. It is worsening across various parts of the world and in America, including (shockingly) even in San Francisco! As an Asian and an immigrant, it sinks my heart every time I see it. Still, I am acutely aware of and disheartened to know that for every one reported by the media, many aren’t being reported either by the media or by victims themselves.

A rich culture, and an easy target

Asia is a continent full of many vibrant cultures full of rich history and customs, some of the oldest on the…


Terrisa Duenas is never one back down from a challenge. She pursues and overcomes the world’s most daunting, complex technology challenges with poise. From leading aerospace innovation to demystifying “black magic” in the optoelectronics industry, Terrisa is a respected technologist, innovator, and executive. Today, Terrisa serves as Chief Technology Officer of Nanoventures.

Below, we talk with Terrisa about her work pioneering new technologies at Nanoventures, how she stands in her power as a woman leader in technology, and her advice for rising women leaders.

Tell us about your executive journey.

I’ve always seen myself as somewhat of a leader. I was perceptive from a young age…


Terrisa Duenas is never one back down from a challenge. She pursues and overcomes the world’s most daunting, complex technology challenges with poise. From leading aerospace innovation to demystifying “black magic” in the optoelectronics industry, Terrisa is a respected technologist, innovator, and executive. Today, Terrisa serves as CTO of Nanoventures.

Below, we talk with Terrisa about her work pioneering new technologies at Nanoventures, how she stands in her power as a woman leader in technology, and her advice for rising women leaders.

Tell us about your executive journey.

I’ve always seen myself as somewhat of a leader. I was perceptive from a young age and rather…


Athena member Alexa King is an accomplished Silicon Valley leader with experience as both an executive and a board member of public and private companies. Alexa brings more than 20 years of experience scaling high-growth businesses from startup stages through IPO and holds deep expertise in cybersecurity, legal, privacy, and compliance issues. She currently serves as EVP of Corporate & Legal Affairs at FireEye.

Below, we speak with Alexa about the value she brings to the boardroom, her advice for women leaders aspiring to board service, and her cybersecurity predictions for 2021 and beyond.

Tell us about your executive journey up to this point.

I started as a litigator in…


Athena member Bhawna Singh is a senior technology executive with 20 years of experience successfully building and leading talented teams of engineers to transform and scale technology for a global user base. Bhawna drives the technology vision and strategy for her teams to deliver innovative solutions for the best user experience and business results. Now, as CTO of Glassdoor and Senior VP of Engineering, she is responsible for technological innovation at Glassdoor, overseeing the company’s websites and mobile platforms, in addition to its software engineering, data platform, and machine learning teams.

Learn more about Bhawna’s experience as a first-time C-suite…


Athena member Mandy Berman has led an impressive career spanning education to healthcare, and maintains a record of growth and service delivery through operational excellence and technology innovation. Serving in a variety of C-suite roles (including COO, CAO, and CIO), mission-driven leadership is the defining thread of her career in the C-suite, boardroom, and beyond.

Below, we speak with Mandy about her executive journey, her journey to her first board seat, and how women leaders can advocate for themselves.

What are some of the highlights of your executive journey?

My first roles were in management consulting and on the founding team of an education-related Internet start-up. I then stumbled upon…

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