ATHENA Young Professionals

Leadership Award

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

2020 ATHENA Young Professional Nominees

The 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient is Erin Rains, family nurse practitioner with Saint Thomas Medical Partners.

Rains was nominated by the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center, where she serves as a board member. A native of Murfreesboro, she earned her undergraduate degree and Master of Science in Nursing from Middle Tennessee State University.

“My voluntary work with the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center reflects my struggles and triumphs in my personal life,” she said. “I’m a victim, a survivor, and now an advocate speaking out against domestic violence and sexual assault.”

As a member of the board and her past as a victim of domestic violence, Rains saw a way to help victims by helping guide the decision to provide a safe, private place to perform sexual assault examinations.

She helped the center relocate to a new office building in efforts to provide many of these exams in a more comfortable, private space. Rains has also worked to create and refine its annual fundraisers.

“Erin Rains is an inspiration in the example she sets,” said ATHENA Chair Dr. Ellen Slicker. “She truly embodies the ATHENA Young Professional attributes of demonstrating excellence in her profession, giving back to the community, and serving as a role model, especially in her advocacy for other women.”

The 2019 ATHENA International Young Professional Award

Jayme Brunson, American Association of University Women of Murfreesboro
Courtney E. Chavez, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties
Dr. Amy Hodgin, Junior League of Murfreesboro
Kenzi Keene, RUTHERFORD Cable
Becky Lanham, Murfreesboro Kiwanis
Ms. Kim N. Page, Chi Omega Alumnae of Murfreesboro
Erin Rains, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center

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.

Erin Rains
2019 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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