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ATHENA International Award Program

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 raise up 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 or its immediate surrounding counties. If the nominee lives in Davidson County, she must work in Rutherford County or a surrounding County; if the nominee works in Davidson County, she must live in Rutherford County or a surrounding County.


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2019 Rutherford ATHENA Award® Ceremony
April 12, 2019 | Embassy Suites Murfreesboro

A recognition and celebration of the nominees for the 2019 ATHENA Award and ATHENA Young Professional Award and naming of the recipients of the 2019 Rutherford ATHENA Award and 2019 Rutherford ATHENA Young Professional Award.


2018 ATHENA Award recipient

Dr. Sherry Galloway

To nominate an exemplary leader from your nonprofit or business for the ATHENA Award, please complete the Nomination form and fee payment here.  The $130 nomination fee includes the nominee’s and judge appointee’s luncheon ticket to the Rutherford ATHENA award Ceremony on April 12, 2019.

ATHENA Sponsors

For more information about the Rutherford ATHENA Award® Program, please contact Dr. Ellen Slicker, 2019 ATHENA Chair, at
For more information on the ATHENA International Leadership Award, please visit

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