Athena Leadership Award® Dinner
This event honors leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. This year, three awards will be presented:
- ATHENA Leadership Award®
- ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award
- ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award (NEW this year!)
Proceeds benefit local organizations dedicated to serving leadership building for women of all ages. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women’s Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.
Wayne Bank and IU East believe in the values underlying Athena International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, "What is honored in a country will be cultivated there," the ATHENA Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.
The AwardATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of Athena recipients. The Wayne County recipient will be invited to join ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients and other leaders at a national ATHENA International Women’s Leadership conference.
The award’s rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership AwardThe ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide.
ATHENA Organizational Leadership AwardThis award is for businesses or organizations, in the profit or non-profit sectors – who create an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential or gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/ or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.
Selection CriteriaRecipients are deemed to be exemplary leaders who have achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.
Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders.
Mary Jo Clark
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award
Introduced in 2018