Andrea ConnerDirector at Springboard Enterprises
Andrea is a change agent and strategic relationship builder committed to the #GenderMultiplierEffect, creating strong communities impacting the global economy. Andrea leads the program team and oversees sponsor relationships, working directly with the CEO to amplify the mission, network and strategy. She is leveraging her leadership roles spanning four countries to advance Springboard’s global recognition as the innovation expert on women entrepreneurs. A servant to the global community, she is a Diamond Mentor and Advisory Board member for Global Women Connect; a Vice-chair for Women’s Business Collaborative Leaders Council; and a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Fellow. Active in Raleigh, she co-founded the first annual “Fore her Future” golf tournament as part of Leadership Raleigh and serves as a board member for First Tee Triangle, an international youth development program. She is a member of the USNC-UN Women and a board member for ATHENA of the Triangle, innovating the ATHENA in Tech initiative. Andrea is the past President/CEO of ATHENA International. She consulted for the World Academy for the Future of Women, UN Women Beijing and served on the board of American Friends of Chateau de Compiegne and Sias International University Foundation. Andrea holds an MS in Global Leadership from Duquesne University and a BA in economics and business from Edinboro University. She holds a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.