ATHENA Awards

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 women have received the prestigious ATHENA Award in Grand Rapids.

Both the ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Young Professional Award are founded on the ATHENA Leadership Model® from ATHENA International. This model identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, Celebration and Joy. We are also excited to introduce the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award in 2019, which will recognize businesses and organizations that support, develop and honor women leaders.

Applications are now open for the 2019 ATHENA Awards! Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline is June 28, 2019

Awards Criteria:

ATHENA Award:

  • Is an established leader and mentor who assists women in reaching their full potential
  • Demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession
  • Provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community

ATHENA Young Professional Award:

  • Is an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession
  • Serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally
  • Is 40 years old or younger as of September 2019, and has a minimum of five (5) years professional experience
  • Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community

ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award:

  • Recognizes businesses and organizations that support, develop and honor women leaders
  • Creates an organizations culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential
  • Gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives

Nomination and Selection Process:

  1. Make a nomination – Nominations must be submitted suing the online submission form
  2. Both nominator and nominees will need to complete their section of the online application if they wish to be considered as an award candidate. Nominators are encouraged to work closely with your nominee to complete their nomination
  3. Completed applications submitted by the deadline of June 28, 2019 will be reviewed by the selection committee

Save the Date: ATHENA Award Celebration
Thursday, September 19, 2019 | JW Marriott International Ballroom