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MEagan Flippin named 2021 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient

The 2021 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient is Meagan Flippin, president and CEO of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.
Like the ATHENA Award, the Young Professional Leadership Award recognizes an emerging leader under 40 years old who exemplifies the ATHENA attributes and serves as a role model for young women.
“I’m honored to be nominated among so many individuals who embody the Athena principles … I want to thank you for letting me be a part of this community. It’s been my pleasure to give back,” Flippin said.
Flippin is the immediate past president of RUTHERFORD Cable and a past president of the Junior League of Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Young Professionals, and the Blue Raider Athletic Association. She is active with the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary, Charity Circle of Murfreesboro, and Leadership Middle Tennessee. Flippin serves on United Way’s state association board and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation Philanthropy Committee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from MTSU and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Flippin was joined by 2021 ATHENA Young Professional nominees Courtney Chavez, Katie Schroder Hall, Jamie Morgan Harrington, Aleece McKnight, Dr. Adelle Monteblanco, Tosha Price, Francela Salas, Alicia Stachura, Tiffany Taylor, Essence Threlkeld and Loren Walker.

Since 2015, she has partnered with The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties to help provide more than 2,100 families with essential baby supplies, working with more than 560 volunteers to assist with the event. “By collaborating with United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties we have been able to give new mothers and babies born in Rutherford County a positive start in life,” she said.

Dixon is also a spokeswoman for Beauty Behind Bars and has impacted more than 1,200 girls and women by partnering with schools, churches, and detention centers. “Serving in this role I have realized that passion is the choice to move forward with purpose, regardless of what it takes. Beauty Behind Bars is an official overall self-esteem program created to help women and girls break away from mental incarceration and self-imprisonment of low self-esteem, doubt, depression, suicide, and dream killing. During workshops and conferences, I teach about forgiveness, accountability, and the importance of loving self from the inside out,” she said.

2020 ATHENA Young Professional Nominees

About the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® recognizes an emerging leader under the age of 40 who:
  • Demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her profession
  • Contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community
  • Clearly serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally.

About the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership 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 6,000 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.

Meagan Flippin
2021 ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient

ATHENA Awards Ceremony

When: Friday, April 17, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

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

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