ATHENA Young Professionals

Leadership Award

The ATHENA International Leadership Awards Program of Rutherford County announces the 2023 ATHENA Young Professional Nominees. This year’s Young Professional class includes 8 up and coming leaders under 40 from the Rutherford County Community.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient is Robin Seay.

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.

Seay has a strong passion and love for serving others. Robin learned early on that each family she is afforded the opportunity to help is unique in their own way. With this understanding, she works to provide a custom experience for her clientele at Parks Realty. Seay also serves with organizations, such as United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, Leadership Rutherford, and Murfreesboro Young Professionals. Because of her service, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by Parks Realty, MYP Volunteer of the Year twice, and 20 Under 40 honoree by Murfreesboro Magazine.


Seay was joined by 2022 ATHENA Young Professional nominees Nicole Ford, Tosha Price, Lili Rembold, Vivki Sheridan, Grace Trent and Ella Weaver.

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.

Alicia Stachura

100 Women Who Care-Rutherford County

Crystal Routon

Locally Owned Murfreesboro

Jami K. Averwater

MTSU Jones College of Business

Jessica D. Prater


Polly Hill

Murfreesboro Young Professionals

Rebecca Goodwin

Junior League of Murfreesboro

Samantha Weir

League of Women Voters of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County

Kristen Swann

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties

Robin Seay
2022 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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