ATHENA Awards Celebration

ATHENA Awards Celebration

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!

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.

We celebrated 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. Lizzie Williams of Open Systems Technologies (OST), was recognized as the 2014 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient, 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.

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.

ATHENA Scholarships

Each year, the ATHENA Award program presents ATHENA Scholarship, which assists women over 30 who are pursuing their higher-education dreams. Applications are currently being accepted until April 30, Click Here!

Direct donations to the ATHENA Scholarship Fund are always welcomed. If you are interested in contributing to the ATHENA Scholarship Fund please contact Mercedes Cowper.


Exclusive Premier Sponsor

Exclusive Reception Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors


Spectrum Health

Emerald Sponsor

Owen Ames Kimball



Ruby Sponsors

Consumers Energy
Davenport University
Grand Valley State University
Clark Hill PLC
Chemical Bank
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

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.