ATHENA Awards Celebration

ATHENA Celebration 2016

Our annual ATHENA Awards Celebration is held each year to recognize and celebrate women and the remarkable leaders fostering avenues of opportunity and professional growth for future generations.

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

This just in… 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award Announced

Stacy Stout photoCongratulations to Stacy Stout, assistant to Grand Rapids’ City Manager! She was announced the 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient at today’s ATHENA Awards luncheon.

“I believe it is my purpose on this planet to push for change and challenge the status quo,” she said during her acceptance speech and talking about her role as a fierce advocate and taking courageous acts. Read more about Stacy here!

2016 ATHENA Awards Recipient

Shelley_Irwin_PhotoIt’s official… Shelley Irwin, host/producer of The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin and several local PBS shows, is the 2016 ATHENA Grand Rapids Award recipient!

We are thrilled to recognize her leadership, mentorship, and many remarkable contributions to the greater Grand Rapids community. Not to mention boundless energy and positive nature elevating all those around her!

For more information on Shelley and her work in Grand Rapids, read the ATHENA Award Recipient 2016 and follow ATHENA on Facebook for continued updates.

2016 ATHENA Awards Celebration

Help us congratulate Shelley and the 10 ATHENA Award finalists at the ATHENA Award Celebration. Plus, find out who will take home the ATHENA Young Professional Award and congratulate the 5 ATHENA Scholarship winners.

Date | Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location | JW Marriott — International Ballroom, 235 Louis Campau
Cost | $60 members, $75 future members/late registration after Thursday, September 8
$800 member corporate table of 10, $950 future member corporate table

Registration Closed!

 Congratulations to all our 2016 finalists!

2016 ATHENA Award Finalists

Mina Breuker, Holland Home
Maria Erazo, Maria Erazo Agency
Jennifer Maxson, Varnum Consulting
Peaches McCahill, The McCahill Group
Michelle Rabideau, Saint Mary’s Foundation
Julie Sielawa, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Sandi Steensma, Kennari Consulting
Michele Suchovsky, Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation
Carroll Velie, Varnum LLP

2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalists

Carlye Allen, East Grand Rapids Public Schools
Lisa Anderson, Grace’s Table
Mercedes Barragan, Spectrum Health
Afton DeVos, Kids’ Food Basket
Sonja Forte, Baxter Community Center
Rachel Hood, Chase Park Grants
Celeste Sanchez Lloyd, Spectrum Health – Strong Beginnings
Sara Marie Moylan, Shefit, Inc.
Stacy Stout, City of Grand Rapids
Amanda Williams, Williams Distributing/Kitchen & Bath

Click to learn more about each of the 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Finalists!

2016 Sponsors

Exclusive Premier Sponsor
Huntington sm web logo

Exclusive Finalists Reception Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

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Spectrum Health logo

Emerald Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network

Holland Home



Williams Kitchen & Bath

Chamber Champions
Experience GR

Varnum LLP


Sponsorship Opportunities

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 Joshua Verhulst for sponsorship information.