Wharton SoCal LIVE podcast with Coco Brown, CEO, The Athena Alliance

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Monday, September 13, 2021
12:00pm— 1:30pm
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Meesh Pierce

DESCRIPTION: Join us for a live podcast featuring Coco Brown C92, CEO The Athena Alliance. Host Meesh Pierce W93 WG98 will lead the discussion as we head into Penn's all-women's Momentum 2021 Conference Oct. 1-3, 2021. 


Meesh and Coco will discuss:

  • successes
  • challenges
  • advice to women entering into later stage careers as Board members, advisors, entrepreneurs, private equity or venture investors

This will be a fantastic backstage pass into a private conversation as these Penn alumnae dive deep about career paths and life's twists and turns!


You can catch 50+ fantastic Momentum podcast episodes with interesting Penn alumnae here and you can also tune into MENTOR dna, a leadership podcast where Meesh chats with her c-suite friends across industries.


About the speaker:

Coco Brown, C' 92

Coco Brown is a CEO and board member, actively leading Silicon Valley based professional services and tech companies since 1997. From 2002 to 2012 Coco was President and COO of Taos, a Gartner top 20 global IT professional and managed services company servicing hundreds of F1000 and top tier private growth companies nationally. She was also on the board of Taos for 12 years, leading the company through massive economic cycles and business model evolution and growth. Coco led the company to $54m in revenue, and the company has subsequently been sold to IBM.

In 2016 Coco founded Athena Alliance, a digital platform for learning and agency for top business women striving for the c-suite and the boardroom. Athena has seen 2.8x growth in membership in the last 12 months since launching as a true subscription model and hosts over 1,000 women leaders today. Coco is a well-published expert and speaker on The Modern Boardroom. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Coco serves on the commercial boards of Athena Alliance, Inc and Archerpoint (an ESOP), as well as the non-profit board of Athena Rising Foundation.


Meesh Pierce, W'93 WG98

About the moderator:

Meesh Pierce is a former tech executive who started her career in entertainment during the heyday of grunge rock. Her early days at Disney and Sony Music introduced her to the corporate world and importance of connectedness.

She worked long hours answering phones, faxing Winnie the Pooh and Lion King toy concepts to China, and sneaking into hole-in-the-wall concerts until the wee hours. During the early internet days, Meesh bet that tech was going to materially change the entertainment world, so she headed back to Philly for her 2nd stint at Wharton.

As a freshly-minted business school grad, she stepped into product management gigs for the likes of NBC, Sony Digital Entertainment, and Ticketmaster.

A risk taker, Meesh started an early dot com custom merch company, snacki, in the late 90s. A few years later, she took an opportunity to learn commercial and residential real estate development from a seasoned investor.

She spent 15 years as a hired gun consultant stepping into difficult 1-2 year projects; those that needed someone adept at strategy, product and marketing, and comfortable navigating across divisions and up to the c-suite and board. As an independent consultant, she’s worked with Epson, Mercedes (AutoGravity), Fandango (NBC), and Amor Boutique Hotel amongst others.

Meesh now serves on boards, as advisor to several organizations, and mentor to many. She loves using her experience to make connections between people and ideas. 


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