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 Are Closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted their nominations amazing women and men who inspire and lead in their industry while supporting and developing female leadership! The ATHENA Awards committee is reviewing applications and will announce the finalists and recipients this summer. Stay tuned…

While you’re waiting in eager anticipation, why not RSVP for the September awards luncheon?


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 Thursday, September 8, $700 corporate table of 10

Register Now!

2016 ATHENA Scholarships

ATHENA_Scholarship_Recipients_2015_WEB_credit-Adam-BirdThe ATHENA® Scholarship is designed to help women scholars aged 30 or older further their education at an accredited college or university. Since launching the scholarship program in 2000, more than $65,000 has been awarded to deserving women in the Grand Rapids area.

Five scholarships of a minimum of $500 will be awarded at the September 15 celebration. And it could be much more!

Help fund this year’s recipients by attending the August 25 Scholarship Fundraiser & Leadership Forum… or by making a direct donation today!

Donate Now!


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.