ATHENA® Leadership Model

Supporting, Honoring and Developing Women Leaders

The  ATHENA Leadership Model, developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: living authentically, learning constantly, advocating fiercely, acting courageously, fostering collaboration, building relationships, giving back and celebrating. These personal traits that are more intuitive to women, and combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership - taking risks, assertiveness, hard work - prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st century. Under the ATHENA Leadership Model, five distinctive education and mentoring programs have been created to honor, inspire and foster women in leadership: 
  • The ATHENA Leadership Award Program
  • ATHENA International Women's Leadership Day Program
  • ATHENA Connections College Leadership & Leading from Within Programs
  • ATHENA NextGen Program
We know the value of emerging and transformative styles of leadership that are closely tied to the intuitive strengths that women bring to leadership. The ATHENA Leadership Model and the educational and mentoring programs based upon it capture these principles for use in contemporary settings to encourage women to achieve their full leadership potential, while acknowledging that they have been handed down from role models across the world and over generations. In short, the ATHENA Leadership Model meets the needs of emerging leaders and speaks convincingly to women leaders who will head the organizations of the future.


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