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 generations.

diana_blogThis year, we are proud to honor Diana R. Sieger, President of Grand Rapids Community Foundation, as the 2014 ATHENA® Award recipient in recognition of her outstanding leadership and support of women both within her organization and throughout the greater Grand Rapids community.

Diana R. Sieger will be honored at the ATHENA Award Celebration luncheon on Thursday, September 18 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Ambassador Ballroom. The celebration will also feature the presentation of the ATHENA Young Professional Award, which recognizes an emerging leader (under 40) for their contributions to community, professional excellence and commitment to serve as a personal and professional role model for young women. Finalists for both awards will be honored at the luncheon.

In addition, the Chamber will present several scholarships to recipients of the unique ATHENA Scholarship, which assists women over 30 who are pursuing their higher-education dreams. Direct donations to the ATHENA Scholarship Fund are always welcomed. If you’re interested in contributing to the ATHENA Scholarship Fund and/or can’t attend the fundraiser event, please contact Mercedes Cowper.

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.

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 | $50/member, $75/future member, $700/corporate table of 10 seats (lunch included)
Registration | Click the “Register Now” button to register online, or call the registration hotline at 616.771.0303.

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Exclusive Premier Sponsor

Exclusive Reception Underwriter

Video Underwriter


Diamond Sponsors

Spectrum Health

Emerald Sponsor

Owen Ames Kimball

PNC Bank

Ruby Sponsors


Bethany Christian Services

Calvin College

Cascade Engineering

Chemical Bank

Consumers Energy

Davenport University

Encompass LLC

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids

Grand Valley State University

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Plante Moran, PLLC

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, PC

The Rapid

Crystal Sponsor

Founders Bank & Trust

Kentwood Office Furniture

Mercantile Bank

Progressive AE

Rockford Construction

ATHENA Award Sculpture Underwriter

Encompass LLC

ATHENA Young Professional Sculpture Underwriter

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

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 Diane Cisler for sponsorship information.