Global & National ATHENA® Leadership Awards

Supporting, Honoring and Developing Women Leaders

In 1994, the ATHENA International Board of Directors established the Global ATHENA Leadership Award to be presented annually at the ATHENA International Leadership Summit and to honor women whose body of work has had a national or global impact.
In 2012 ATHENA International partnered with local ATHENA Award Program communities to honor Global and National ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients at their celebrations, beginning with Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Phoenix, AZ (National Recipient) and Former University of Tennessee women's basketball Head Coach Pat Summitt in Nashville, TN (Global Recipient).
Global and National Leadership Award Recipients are chosen based on the following criteria:
  • The individual has achieved the highest degree of professional excellence.
  • The individual has assisted women in reaching their potential.
  • The Individual's body of work has had a national or global impact
Recipients are not chosen from the pool of ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients recognized by local communities during a particular year, but rather are selected based on their level of national or global influence and prominence.
In 2007 the Inaugural Global ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award was presented to an emerging woman who: Demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others on a global or national level; clearly serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally.
In 2010 the Inaugural Global ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award was presented to an organization based on the following criteria: The Business or Organization creates an organizational 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; supports and develops women's leadership initiatives on a global scale.

For questions on how to present a National or Global ATHENA Leadership Award contact 
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