Michele Spry, Billie Connally and Janice Schuerman, all ATHENA award winners, attended the 35th ATHENA International Leadership Conference in Lansing, Michigan. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance they got to ignite their passion for the common good and to learn new skills that can help create balance in leadership worldwide. All three will be able to take this knowledge back to engage and help the community work together to improve the quality of life in Columbia.

“Incredible women all over our country are doing amazing things and it’s so inspiring to hear stories like this. For me, it’s about recognizing the potential in other women and recognizing them throughout our communities,” Spry said.

ATHENA Leadership Model is based on eight attributes which are live authentically, learn constantly, build relationships, foster collaboration, advocate fiercely, act courageously, give back and celebrate.