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 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

To nominate a distinguished woman business leader for the ATHENA Award click here.


The 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 professionally.

Criteria

ATHENA Young Professional Award® Recipients are emerging leaders who: 

  • Demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their 
    business or profession.
  • Provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
  • Clearly serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally

To nominate an outstanding young professional woman for the ATHENA Young Professional Award click here.


Woman in the Spotlight

Gidget Hopf, Ed.D

Dr. A. Gidget Hopf is president and CEO of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester in New York. This comprehensive not-for-profit agency provides employment to people who are blind in manufacturing, food services, retail and call center occupations.

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