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Athena International mission

Honoring outstanding achievement, service
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 developed the Athena Award. Since the international leadership program’s inception, nearly 6,000 exemplary leaders in more than 500 communities have received the prestigious Athena Award in the U.S., Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the Athena 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 of the Rochester Chamber, the Athena Award recognizes local businesswomen who demonstrate the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. Last year the Women’s Council launched the Athena Young Professional Award, which recognizes emerging women leaders who also excel in their profession, provide significant contributions to the community and mentor young women.

Together, these awards foster awareness of the valuable contributions made by local business and professional women to he quality of life for all in the Rochester community. By recognizing these significant accomplishments, doors remain open for all women, opportunities for women continue to grow, and the next generation of women leaders is empowered to make a difference in this community—both personally and professionally.

1/15/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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