ATHENA Awards Celebration

ATHENA Awards Celebration

In 2014, the ATHENA Awards program is celebrating 25 years in Grand Rapids!

For 25 years, the Chamber’s ATHENA Awards program has been supporting, developing, and honoring women leaders and those who advocate on behalf of women!

Join us at our annual ATHENA Awards Celebration on September 18 to recognize and celebrate women and the remarkable leaders fostering avenues of opportunity and professional growth for future. The ATHENA Awards Celebration honors individuals (both male and female) for their professional excellence, community service, and outstanding support and advocacy of women.

The Chamber proudly presents two ATHENA awards at the luncheon each year—the ATHENA Award and the ATHENA Young Professional Award—and several scholarships.

  • The prestigious ATHENA Award honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership in their professional field, mentored and opened doors of opportunities for women, and contributed time and talent to the community.
  • The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes an emerging leader (under 40) for their contributions to community, professional excellence, and commitment to serve as a personal and professional role model to young women.
  • The Chamber also presents several scholarships to recipients of the unique ATHENA Scholarship, which assists women over 30 who are pursuing their higher-education dreams.

The ATHENA Awards Program and ATHENA Young Professional Award are founded on the ATHENA Leadership Model® from ATHENA International, which identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, Celebration and Joy.

Congratulations to our 2013 ATHENA Recipients!
2013 ATHENA Award Recipient
Jeanne Englehart, VP of Client Management, The Charter Group

2013 ATHENA Young Professional
Bridget Clark Whitney, Executive Director, Kids’ Food Basket

2014 Event Information

Date | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Location | Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Ambassador Ballroom, 187 Monroe Ave. NW
Time |11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost | (lunch included) $50/individual, $700/corporate table of 10 seats
Registration | Click the “Register Now” button to register online, or call the registration hotline at 616.771.0303.

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Premier Sponsor


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Diamond Sponsors


Emerald Sponsor

Ruby Sponsors
Chemical Bank

Crystal Sponsors
Rockford Construction

Sponsorship of the ATHENA Award Celebration creates a partnership that connects your organization with a prestigious women’s leadership program and connects you to other prominent members of our community. A portion of each sponsorship additionally funds our ATHENA Scholarship program each year. We invite all Chamber Members to connect by participating in events and being a sponsor. Click here for sponsorship levels and benefits or contact Diane Cisler at 616.771.0357.