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2022 ATHENA Award nominations are now open!

The deadline for nomination submissions is October 15, 2021, and the event date is January 20, 2022.

The ATHENA Awards program was introduced to the Rochester community in 1987 by Greater Rochester Chamber in partnership with its affiliate, the Women's Council. Apply using the below links:

The internationally-recognized ATHENA Award® Program was founded in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan by ATHENA International Founder Martha Mertz. The award was originally established to honor the achievements of exceptional women leaders. And more importantly, it was established to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and business lives.

Since 1982, more than 6,700 top leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Award® in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award® Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

The ATHENA Award recognizes women who:

Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession.
Provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
Actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.
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The ATHENA leadership model is a philosophy of leadership based on women's unique ways of knowing and leading. Developed by the ATHENA Foundation in collaboration through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the model identifies eight district attributes or tenets that are reflective of women's contributions to leadership:

  1. AUTHENTIC SELF
  2. RELATIONSHIPS
  3. GIVING BACK
  4. COLLABORATION
  5. COURAGEOUS ACTS
  6. LEARNING
  7. FIERCE ADVOCACY
  8. CELEBRATION AND JOY

These personal traits have been shown to be more intuitive to women than men. They combine with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership—taking risks, assertiveness, hard work. And they prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st century.

Submit your application through these links:

The ATHENA Young Professional Award®

The ATHENA Young Professional Award® program was founded in 2007 by ATHENA International to honor emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Recipients must also demonstrate their commitment to service by contributing time and energy to improving the quality of life of others in the community while serving as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. The Young Professional award, introduced to our community in 2015, recognizes women in the 30 to 45 year old range who:

  • Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession.
  • Provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
  • Clearly serve as a role model for young women personally and professionally.

The ATHENA Organizational Award®

The ATHENA Organizational Award® is presented to an organization with 5 or more employees based on the following criteria:

  • the business or organization creates a 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;
  • and supports and develops women's leadership initiatives on a global scale.
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