The ATHENA Leadership® Award

Click here to download the ATHENA Awards Nomination Form for 2017!

ATHENA International’s mission is to support, develop and honor women leaders, inspire women to achieve their full potential and create balance in leadership.

The ATHENA Leadership® Model focuses on personal traits of strong, successful leaders. The model captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of traits such as courageous acts and fierce advocacy in the pursuit of excellence.

ATHENA Leadership® Award recipients are chosen for displaying excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, providing valuable service to improve the quality of life in their community and helping women reach their full leadership potential.

Women’s Network awarded the first ATHENA Leadership® Award in Columbia, MO in 1995 to Linda Arnold. Since then, the ATHENA International Award committee has annually honored a business leader from the community at the ATHENA International Award luncheon. The ATHENA International Award program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

The ATHENA International Award committee is responsible for seeking nominations for the annual ATHENA Leadership® Award. ATHENA Leadership® Award recipients are chosen for displaying excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, providing valuable service to improve the quality of life in their community and helping women reach their full leadership potential.

 

Past ATHENA Leadership® Award Recipients

  • 2016 – Dianne Lynch
  • 2015 – Janice Schuerman
  • 2014 – Barbara Hodges
  • 2013 – Nikki Krawitz
  • 2012 – Linda Baumgartner
  • 2011 – Karen Miller
  • 2010 – Sabrina McDonnell
  • 2009 – Teresa Maledy
  • 2008 – Cindy Mustard
  • 2007 – Dr. Wendy Libby
  • 2006 – Ellen Roper
  • 2005 – Pat Hostetler
  • 2004 – Karen Taylor
  • 2003 – Richard Mendenhall
  • 2002 – Ann Covington
  • 2001 – Vicky Riback Wilson
  • 2000 – Elinor Arendt
  • 1999 – Patsy Ponder Dalton
  • 1998 – Susan Stalcup Gray
  • 1997 – Vicki Dunscombe
  • 1996 – Dr. Muriel Battle
  • 1995 – Linda Arnold

The ATHENA Young Professional® Award

Click here to download the ATHENA Awards Nomination Form for 2017!

Women’s Network is pleased to announce the ATHENA Young Professional® Award. This award will be presented to an exceptional individual who is an emerging leader in her/his business or profession, who gives back to the community in meaningful ways and who clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

The ATHENA Young Professional® Award is a natural extension of the ATHENA Award©, a program with a rich quarter century history of honoring exceptional leaders. By presenting this award in Columbia we are acknowledging the contributions and importance of our local emerging leaders.

Past ATHENA Young Professional® Award Recipients

  • 2016 – Michele Spry
  • 2015 – Billie Connally
  • 2014 – Jessica Macy
  • 2013 – Lindsay Young Lopez
  • 2012 – Shatenita Horton
  • 2011 – Shelly DeVore
  • 2010 – Kerrie Bloss
  • 2009 – Kelley Marchbanks
  • 2008 – Elizabeth Mendenhall