ATHENA GRAND RAPIDS
We empower, connect, and equip women in West Michigan to fearlessly lead and cultivate our next generation of leaders.
ATHENA, an affinity group of the Grand Rapids Chamber, provides the information, access, and connections to support the professional development of women professionals in West Michigan. The scheduled events and programs of ATHENA are built upon 8 Principles: Learning, Relationships, Celebration & Joy, Courageous Acts, Fierce Advocacy, Authentic Self, Collaboration, and Giving Back.
ATHENA Grand Rapids focuses on issues and topics relevant to women professionals at all career levels in corporations, small businesses, public and non-profit organizations within our community. The program offers the annual ATHENA Leadership Award, ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, and ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award, scholarships to women, and leadership forums and events.
33RD ANNUAL ATHENA AWARDS
The 33rd Annual ATHENA Awards Celebration is taking place Wednesday, September 28! Register now to be a part of HERstory and celebrate with this year's top picks for women's leadership and empowerment in West Michigan.
ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that aims to support, develop, and honor women leaders in local communities all around the world through scholarships, leadership forums, and recognizing women of excellence.
The ATHENA Award program began in Grand Rapids in 1989 and exists to honor women and men for professional excellence, community service, and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. More than thirty amazing individuals have received the prestigious ATHENA Award in Grand Rapids. We are also excited to continue the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award, which began in 2019, to recognize businesses and organizations that support, develop and honor women leaders.
The ATHENA Leadership Forum
These events are a time for people to authentically connect across roles, communities, and sectors to promote growth for individuals and the community, as a whole. Each forum is based on one of the eight ATHENA Principles. The speaker format varies from one person, two people in a fireside chat, to a panel. Throughout each forum, there will be 1-2 breakouts for table discussion.
ATHENA Action Committee
As our programs and community expand, we need leaders to intentionally put our principles into action. Through the ATHENA Action Committee, we will create spaces to authentically connect and celebrate those that are fiercely advocating and leading for women in our community. The Action Committee will:
- Promote events and be intentional to invite and include new people
- Unofficially lead table discussions to ensure depth and participation at ATHENA Leadership Forums
- Actively create a strong community where people own their ATHENA power
- Participate in quarterly Uplift event to help foster ATHENA principles in our community
- Contact Monica Mendez, Director of Talent & Leadership Programs, for more information about the ATHENA Action Committee.
The ATHENA Council meets monthly and attends ATHENA Leadership Forums and events throughout the year, including the Annual ATHENA Leadership Awards Celebration. We ask that our council members commit to attending 80% of our ATHENA programming for the year. Please only apply if you are able to make this commitment.
Additions to the Council will be reviewed in November of every year for a January 1st start date.
Krashawn Martin | City of Wyoming | Chair
Jaime Counterman | University of Michigan Health-West
Erin Fisk | Fisk Solutions
Shaquanda Gordon | SpartanNash
Sara Gray Lachman | Lachman Studios PLC
Mei Mah | GVSU
Patty McCormick | Retired
Dormica Oppenhuizen | Meijer
Krista Paulin | Huntington Bank
Daysha Pell | Anna's House
Abbey Sladick | Priority Health
Isabel Lopez-Slattery | Isabel Media Studios
Misti Stanton | Mercantile Bank
Kimberly Van Driel | DGRI