Rutherford ATHENA

The ATHENA International Leadership Awards Program of Rutherford County announces the 2024 ATHENA Nominees.


Amanda Moore

League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County

Chandra R. Story

American Association of University Women-Murfreesboro Branch

Christa Gassler

Rutherford County Democratic Women

Jessica Warner

Junior League of Murfreesboro

Martha Tolbert

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties

Mary Beth Hagan

Locally Owned Murfreesboro

Megan Keen

Junior League of Murfreesboro

Missy Lay

100 Women Who Care- Rutherford County

Sherri Harris, BSN, RN-BC

Rutherford County Democratic Party

Sheryl Chesnutt

Junior League of Murfreesboro

About the ATHENA Award

The ATHENA Award®, named for the strong, enlightened goddess, goes to individuals who excel in their professions, give back to their communities, and help develop other leaders, especially women.

Today, ATHENA International is a global program. Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

The ATHENA Leadership Model® was developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership.

Nominees for the Rutherford ATHENA and Young Professional Awards must live or work in Rutherford County. If the nominee lives outside of Rutherford County, she must work in Rutherford County.

Have questions about nominating a local leader? Contact 2024 ATHENA Chair, Janet Martin

ATHENA Awards Ceremony

When: Friday, May 17th, 2024

2023 Award Recipient

Chandra Story

2023 ATHENA Award Recipient



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ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

The Young Professional Leadership Award recognizes an emerging leader under age 40 who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her profession, gives back to the community and serves as a role model for young women.

ATHENA Patrons Society

The ATHENA Patrons Society provides an ongoing foundation of sustainability to the Rutherford ATHENA Award Program. Contributions to this annual fund support the Program and its ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship.

ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship

The Rutherford ATHENA Award Program bestows a scholarship annually to women who have embodied ATHENA’s characteristics of wisdom, strength, and justice in their own life and endeavors.


2023 ATHENA Sponsors

For more information about the Rutherford ATHENA Award® Program, please contact Janet Martin, 2024 ATHENA Chair, at
For more information on the ATHENA International Leadership Award, please visit

Special Thanks