Thanks to all those who attended the 2016 ATHENA Women's Leadership Luncheon. This event is held in alternating years with the Athena Awards Luncheon. We hope to see you in 2017 for that event and then again in 2018 for the next ATHENA Women's Leadership Luncheon.
Participants enjoying their roundtable discussion at the 2016 event.
During the week of September 12, 2016 over 100 communities across ATHENA International’s global footprint celebrated ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Day. At the heart of the ATHENA Leadership Model are the attributes of authentic self, relationships, giving back, collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy, celebration, and joy.
These traits, while more intuitive to women, are not always easy for each woman to grasp from the get go. Participants in ATHENA groups worldwide are dedicated to helping each other dig deep to find these traits in themselves and in other women within their communities.
The end goals of the Leadership Day branch of ATHENA programming are to:
Support, develop and honor women leaders
Inspire women to achieve their full potential
Create balance in leadership for the community
"The Athena Women's Leadership Luncheon provides an open forum for me to speak to women who I see at many events throughout each year that I have not had the opportunity to make a connection with. It gives me a chance to hear their opinions and thoughts on professional matters without having to force an uncomfortable introduction. I encourage professional women to attend this event and take advantage of this unique interaction."-Carla Higgins, ERIEBANK
Friends and leaders in the Erie community enjoying the ATHENA Leadership Luncheon
To reflect the importance of the ATHENA Leadership Model attributes, ATHENA communities worldwide host a variety of events in honor of Women's Leadership Day. ATHENA Women’s Leadership Day celebrates women helping women and provides a forum for women leaders to make meaningful connections with one another.
In Erie, the ATHENA Leadership Luncheon reflects the dedication to putting established and emerging leaders together for an afternoon to collaborate, build relationships, and learn from each other. Participants in this event are exposed to making new connections and relationships with other established and emerging leaders, emerging leaders receive support and guidance from established leaders, and established leaders gain the satisfaction of mentoring emerging leaders, all resulting in a stronger, more unified network of women leaders in the local business community.
2016 Keynote Speaker - Andrea Stevenson Conner
Andrea Stevenson Conner, Executive Director, ATHENA International
Andrea Stevenson Conner is a change agent and strategic relationship builder. Through her success in global leadership roles spanning four countries, she promotes corporate social responsibility, leadership development, and gender equity. As Executive Director of ATHENA International, Andrea leads the organization in its mission to support, honor, and develop women leaders. In doing so, she brings an international approach and global awareness of the challenges facing women’s educational and equal opportunity advancement. A servant to the global community, Andrea is the Board Vice President of Sias International University Foundation and a Governing Body Board Member for the Raleigh Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women. She is a consultant for the World Academy for the Future of Women and previously worked for United Nations Women Beijing. Andrea holds a master’s degree in Global Leadership from Duquesne University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Edinboro University. Currently residing in North Carolina, Andrea leads ATHENA International and also consults with leading organizations so they, too, can have a global impact by supporting international leadership opportunities for women.
Thank You to the 2016 ATHENA Women's Leadership Luncheon Sponsors:
ATHENA Erie | 1416 Fairway Dr. | Erie, PA | 16505 | (814) 504-6362 | firstname.lastname@example.org