Keynote Speaker: Martha Mertz, ATHENA International Founder
Martha Mayhood Mertz is the Founder of ATHENA International, an organization devoted to developing, supporting and honoring women as leaders. She is also a successful entrepreneur, having developed multiple commercial and residential properties in Michigan. She has received many honors including the Distinguished Michigan State University Alumna Award and is a member of the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame.
ATHENA International began by creating and presenting the prestigious ATHENA Award, inspired by the words of Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” This award was first established to honor women as leaders in the early 1980’s and became the signature for excellence in leadership across the U.S.
When the question “HOW do women lead?” arose, extensive research of women leaders identified the ATHENA Leadership Model, a distinctive approach for leadership in the 21st century. Since 1997, the organization has and continues to teach the ALM to women and men who wish to deepen and expand their leadership strengths. Martha’s book, Becoming ATHENA, describes this model and the ways women lead.
The ALM is relevant for girls and women “from the classroom to the boardroom” according to Andrea Conner, CEO of ATHENA International. ATHENA, with programs for college women, entrepreneurs, high achievers and aspiring leaders, has launched on-line interactive presentations as well as ATHENA gatherings in communities across the U.S. and around the globe. For the past 10 years a special ALM outreach has also empowered women in prison to achieve life changing practices.
"The ATHENA Leadership Model incorporates Eight Tenets of Leadership. For each of us, each of these tenets evokes a different thought, emotion, or interpretation. I believe that every action you take speaks to who you are as a leader. By establishing your values and standing up for your convictions, you let others know who you are. A leader's values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same and you leave them on everything you do." - Colleen Moore Mezler, 2018 ATHENA Leadership Luncheon Featured Speaker