The ATHENA Award® Program
Supporting, Honoring and Developing Women Leaders
The ATHENA Award® was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment - qualities embodied in the ATHENA Model®. The Award is unique in both scope - local, national and international - and the ATHENA mission upon which it is based. The ATHENA Award® is presented to a woman who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
Since the program's inception in 1982, more than 6,700 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award® Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.
The ATHENA Award® is presented annually by chambers of commerce, women's organizations and universities. The award is established through local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA International's national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors.
Nominations are solicited and an ATHENA sculpture is awarded to an individual in the community who meets specific criteria listed below.
The ATHENA Award® Criteria
ATHENA Award® Recipients are individuals who:
- Have achieved the highest level of professional excellence.
- Contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
- Actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential
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ATHENA Young Professional Award® Program
The ATHENA Young Professional Award®
recognizes emerging leaders in the 30- to 45-year old range who demonstrate
excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession.
Recipients must also demonstrate their commitment to service by contributing
time and energy to improving the quality of life of others in the community
while serving as a role model for young women both personally and
ATHENA Young Professional Award® Recipients are emerging leaders
excellence, creativity, and initiative in their
business or profession.
valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of
life for others in the community.
serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally
nominate an outstanding young professional woman for the ATHENA Young
Professional Award click here.