The 2019 ATHENA Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center. Registration details will be coming soon!
Since the program’s inception in 1982, nearly 6,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Award program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. To view a complete list of past ATHENA Leadership Award winners, visit our awards page.
Nominations are solicited and an ATHENA sculpture is awarded to an individual in the community who meets specific criteria listed below. Recipients of the ATHENA Leadership Award possess the following qualities: - 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
In addition to the leadership award, each of the four local universities is approached to nominate a female student for the ATHENA Young Professional Award. One nominee is selected from each university: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Each of the finalists is recognized at the luncheon event and one winner is announced. To view a complete list of past ATHENA Young Professional Award winners, visit our awards page.
Winners of the ATHENA Young Professional Award recipients possess the following qualities:
Are emerging leaders who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their college community
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, professionally and in their college community
2017 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient: Sister Joan Chittister
2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient: Katlyn Walters, Gannon University