Global and National ATHENA Leadership Awards

In 1994, the ATHENA International Board of Directors established the Global ATHENA Leadership Award to be presented annually at the ATHENA International Leadership Summit and to honor women whose body of work has had a national or global impact. 

In 2012, ATHENA International partnered with local ATHENA Award Program communities to honor Global and National ATHENA Leadership Award recipients at their celebrations, beginning with former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Phoenix, Arizona (National Recipient) and former University of Tennessee women's basketball Head Coach Pat Summit in Nashville, Tennessee (Global Recipient). 

Global and National Leadership Award Recipients are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • The individual has achieved the highest degree of professional excellence
  • The individual has assisted women in reaching their potential
  • The Individual's body of work has had a national or global impact

Recipients are selected based on their level of national or global influence and leadership.

In 2007, the inaugural Global ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award was presented to an emerging business woman who: demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others on a global or national level; and clearly serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally.

In 2010, the inaugural Global ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award was presented to an organization based on the following criteria: the business or organization creates a culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential; gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives; and supports and develops women's leadership initiatives on a global scale.