ATHENA Leadership Model®
Supporting, Honoring and Developing Women Leaders
The ATHENA Leadership Model®, developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, Celebration and Joy. These personal traits that are more intuitive to women, and combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership - taking risks, assertiveness, hard work - prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st century.
We know the value of emerging and transformative styles of leadership that are closely tied to the intuitive strengths that women bring to leadership. The ATHENA Leadership Model® captures these principles for use in contemporary settings, while acknowledging that they have been handed down from women across the world and over generations. In short, the ATHENA Leadership Model® meets the needs of emerging leaders and speaks convincingly to women leaders who will head the organizations of the future.
ATHENA has many programs based upon the ATHENA Leadership Model, including:
ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Day Luncheon
ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Day, created by established women leaders to extend a hand to the next generation of women leaders. On the third Tuesday of September each year communities across ATHENA International’s global footprint will celebrate ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Day by hosting a new ATHENA event.
ATHENA Leadership Forum
The ATHENA Leadership Forum is rooted in the ATHENA Leadership Model and focuses on having experienced women leaders meet and mentor emerging women leaders. Created by established women leaders wishing to mentor and develop the next generation of women leaders, ATHENA Women’s Leadership Day celebrates women helping women and provides a forum for women leaders to make meaningful connections with one another.
ATHENA International Leadership Summit
The annual ATHENA International Leadership Summit provides an intimate forum for established and emerging leaders to enhance their personal and professional leadership development. The summit offers outstanding speakers, informative breakout sessions and terrific networking opportunities for leaders across professional sectors. The emphasis on a holistic approach to leadership, as contained in the ATHENA Leadership Model, makes the summit unique among leadership seminars of its kind.
ATHENA Connections provides a model for collaboration between established women leaders and universities. The program is based on sharing the practical application of the ATHENA Leadership Model and utilizes ATHENA Award Recipients and nominees as guest lecturers, mentors and role models for college aged women.