ATHENA Awards Celebration

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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.


ATHENA Award Nominations Open – Deadline May 16, 2016

Do you know of an amazing woman or man who inspires and leads in the industry while supporting and developing female leadership? Nominate them today for the prestigious ATHENA Award!

Know of an impactful role model for women leaders under 40 – someone who mentors and leads within the community? Nominate them for the ATHENA Young Professional Award!

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Save the Date for 2016 ATHENA Awards Celebration!

Date | Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location | JW Marriott — International Ballroom, 235 Louis Campau
Cost | $50 members, $75 future members or late registration after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, $700 corporate table of 10


 2016 ATHENA Scholarships Now Available!

Applications are now available for the 2016 ATHENA® Scholarship program of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The ATHENA® Scholarship is designed to help women scholars aged 30 or older further their education at an accredited college or university.

This unique scholarship, part of the Chamber’s ATHENA® Award program, supports recipients achieve their degree and can be used towards tuition and books, transportation, and child care expenses. ATHENA® Scholarships are funded through corporate donations, ATHENA® Award Luncheon sponsors and through private contributions. Since launching the scholarship program in 2000, more than $50,000 has been awarded to deserving women in the Grand Rapids area.

The application is open through June 15, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the annual ATHENA Award Celebration on September 15.

Click Here for Application!

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.