Serving The People: Redefining Leadership with Coco Brown

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Mar 13 2023 • 1 hr 6 mins

Companies around the world mostly care about one thing — profit. Even if they say people are their most important assets, many businesses still put profit over people when things get difficult. We've recently seen massive tech layoffs attributed to the economic downturn, inflation, and overhiring. If people are a company's most important assets, why are they the first to go when times are rough? Employees are the heart of a company. Companies should be serving the people working in them too.

Coco Brown joins us today to discuss what it means to be a leader in today's businesses. She also shares the importance of creating a diverse workforce and how leaders can create change in their organizations. She also shares Athena Alliance, a community for women and executives to learn and support one another in career development.

For anyone out there aiming to start serving the people through better leadership, this conversation is for you.

3 Reasons to Listen:

  1. Discover the current state of businesses and how there's a critical need to create diverse workplaces.
  2. Understand current trends in leadership and how to be a leader serving the people you lead.
  3. Learn about Coco’s questions to help you reflect on your organizational culture.


About Coco

Coco Brown is the founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance, an Executive Learning Community dedicated to helping women accelerate their leadership advancement. Coco is an expert in shaping the modern boardroom and modern leadership. She has extensive experience as a board member and advisor of several organizations, including Nasdaq, ArcherPoint, Athena Rising Foundation, DevOpsGroup, Executive Kinections, and Loggly.

Before establishing The Athena Alliance, she was the President and COO of Taos. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology.

You can connect with Coco on LinkedIn.

Episode Highlights

[01:32] About Coco and Athena Alliance

  • Coco is working to redefine and revolutionize the way senior leaders advance their careers.
  • Athena Alliance works with women only.
  • Coco believes women need more support.

[02:54] The Current State of Business

  • Business models are constantly changing. Old models can't keep up.
  • Learning in the current model now requires learning from people who have done similar things.
  • Athena Alliance also helps companies stay on top of recent global trends and changes.
  • Interconnectedness today is built on sales and recruiting rather than finding the right people to talk to.