Athena Williams  

Executive Coach | Facilitator | Consultant | Speaker

Athena Williams brings passion and commitment to professional development with over 18 years experience working with leaders, managers, employees, educators, and entrepreneurs across diverse fields including technology, financial services, consumer goods and government.  Athena assists her clients to engage in the right actions to generate long-term impact for their own organizations as well as their community and society as a whole.

Her expertise spans leadership development, employee development, large-scale organizational change, culture, change, employee engagement, talent management, and collaborative innovation.  She has developed and directed a variety of programs covering leadership resilience, personal resilience, leadership development, strategic thinking, stakeholder engagement, leading change, solution-focused coaching, building high performing teams, working across generations, working across cultures, and managing a diverse work force. 

The focus of her work with individuals and organizations is to develop a foundation of resilience to bring clarity to goals, processes and business decisions.  Most recently she has created and implemented several training and coaching programs in the US, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia that integrate on-site training, e-learning, podcasting, blogs, webinars, and action planning.  Her programs incorporate experiential learning, neuroscience, bio-psychology, mindfulness, resilience, and mind-body practices.

Her clients include professionals at Adobe, Cisco, DHL, Datacom, eBay, Fujitsu, HP, Microsoft, AMP Financial Services, Bank of America, Bayer Healthcare, Scientific Atlanta, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PowerTV, Siemens, Simco Electronics, Stanford University, Sun Microsystems, Wells Fargo Bank, Xerox PARC, NASA, Lockheed Martin, City of Palo Alto, County of Santa Clara, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, State of Texas Comptroller, Santa Clara Office of Education, New Zealand Earthquake Commission, Auckland City Council, Waitemata District Health Board, Fletcher Building, NZ AID, and NZ Inland Revenue Service,

Athena has spoken globally at dozens of conferences and events across several industries, including business, non-profit, and academia.  She has written articles, e-publications and training material used by universities, hundreds of companies and over 30,000 individuals across the globe.  She has held the position of Director of the Leadership and Management Program at the UCSC.  She has taught at Stanford University, UCSC and Simmons College.  

Athena has a B.A. in Economics from Bentley College, an M.A. in Organizational Sociology from Simmons College, and a Training and Human Resource Development Certificate from University of California Extension.  She has also completed a two-year coaching program at Coach University and is currently integrating neuroscience into her work via her past studies with the Mind-Body Institute at Harvard University.  

She is a member of Harvard Business Review Advisory Board, Center for Creative Leadership Advisory Board, Network of Executive Women, Association of Talent Development, International Coach Federation and National Speakers Association.

Whatever your challenges, Athena is thrilled to tap into her background to help you overcome them.  Working with her coaching, training and retreat programs, you can expect to see increases in productivity, profitability, engagement and overall performance.

Athena and her global team of leadership practitioners look forward to helping you increase your leadership capacity.