Rutherford ATHENA

ATHENA International Award Program
ONLINE Event - September 16, 11:30 AM

The 2019 Rutherford ATHENA Award recipient is Dr. Lind Gilbert, Director of Schools for the Murfreesboro City Schools District.

Nominated for the ATHENA Award by the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, Dr. Gilbert earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Masters of Art and Teaching, Specialist of Education Degree and Doctorate of Education, all from MTSU. Since be appointed in 2010, Murfreesboro City Schools was named 2018 Exemplary ACCESS District for providing all students with high quality instruction and intervention. MCS has also implemented programs to improve student nutrition both in and out of school.

Dr. Gilbert has worked tirelessly to create an environment for positive change by helping establish Read To Succeed, Saint Thomas Health’s Ministry in Motion, Prevention Coalition for Success Rutherford County and Rutherford County’s Books from Birth. In all, she has written and received more than $16 million in grants for schools and community organizations.

“In any life or organization, each new experience, new responsibility, new proficiency we encounter creates change. And while change is inevitable, growth is not. In fact, positive change that moves us forward will only occur in an environment authentic enough to encourage change,” Gilbert said.

“Dr. Galloway personifies the attributes of the ATHENA Leadership Model,” said 2019 Rutherford ATHENA Chair Dr. Ellen Slicker. “These attributes include authentic self, relationships, giving back, collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy and, of course, celebration and joy.”

2020 ATHENA Nominees

Dr. Yuan-ling Chao, American Association of University Women of Murfreesboro
Leslie Anne Collum, League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro/Rutherford County
Kristin Coile Demos, Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation Ambassadors
Judge Lynn England Alexander, MTLAW
Dr. Linda Gilbert, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties
Cherillyn A. Maddox, Cherillyn A. Maddox
Betsy Maples Taylor, Jones College of Business
Elizabeth McPhee, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated® Pi Nu Omega Chapter
Celeste Middleton, Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County
Dr. Mary T. Moss, Charity Circle of Murfreesboro
Judge Donna Scott Davenport, Junior League of Murfreesboro
Sharon Seibert, Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club
Nancy Skinner, Guaranty Trust Company
Dr. Barbara F Turnage, MTSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students
Gina W. Urban, RUTHERFORD Cable
Mary M. Wade, Murfreesboro Branch of the NAACP


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.

ATHENA – Leadership ModelToday, 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.

ATHENA Awards Ceremony

When: Nominees & Guests in Person
Virtual option – 
Virtual guests will watch the event LIVE on YouTube.
September 16, 11 am registration,
11:30 program begins

Where: Embassy Suites Murfreesboro, 1200 Conference Center Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN  37129  

Dr. Linda Gilbert

2019 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.

ATHENA Leadership Forum


ATHENA Sponsors

For more information about the Rutherford ATHENA Award® Program, please contact Amelia Bozeman, 2020 ATHENA Chair, at
For more information on the ATHENA International Leadership Award, please visit