ATHENA Young Professionals

Leadership Award

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

 The 2020 ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient is LaShan Dixon, nominated by The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. Like the ATHENA Award, the Young Professional Leadership Award recognizes an emerging leader under the age of 40 who exemplifies the ATHENA attributes and serves as a role model for young women.

Dixon earned a B.S. in physical education as well as an M.S. in health and human performance from Middle Tennessee State University. Dixon serves as assistant public health county director with the Rutherford County Health Department. In 2015, she developed and implemented the first Community Baby Shower with the Rutherford County Health Department in partnership with the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.

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.

LaShan Dixon
2020 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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For more information about the Rutherford ATHENA Award® Program, please contact
Dr. Ellen Slicker, 2019 ATHENA Chair, at athenalead@gmail.com.
For more information on the ATHENA International Leadership Award, please visit athenainternational.org