- 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 Award. Since the international leadership 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 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 Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the Athena Award recognizes local businesswomen who demonstrate the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who 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. New to Rochester last year, the Women’s Council launched the Athena Young Professional Award, which recognizes emerging female 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 improving the quality of life for all in the Greater Rochester community. By recognizing these significant accomplishments, doors remain open for all women, opportunities for women continue to grow and the next-generation of female leaders are empowered to make a difference in this community—both personally and professionally.
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