- Supporting, developing and honoring women leaders.
- Inspiring women to achieve their full potential.
- Creating balance in leadership worldwide.
This is the mission of Athena International, an organization founded in 1982, which first developed the Athena Leadership Award. Since the international program’s inception, nearly 6,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious Athena Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the Athena Leadership Award program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.
Introduced to Rochester in 1987 by the Women’s Council, an affiliate organization of the Rochester Business Alliance, the Athena Award recognizes local businesswomen who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, excel in their chosen fields, devote time and energy to their communities in meaningful ways and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. The award also fosters awareness of the valuable contributions made by local business and professional women in improving the quality of life for all in the community. When these women of achievement are recognized, doors remain open for all women and opportunities for them continue to grow.
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