Dolores Huerta Receives The ATHENA International Global Leadership Award

Dolores Huerta, president and founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation & co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, honored by global women’s leadership organization

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta received the Global ATHENA Leadership Award at the Global Action Summit in Nashville. Huerta is the subject of the Sundance award winning film “Dolores”, to be aired by PBS Independent Lens in February 2018.

The Global ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to an exceptional woman leader who demonstrates professional excellence, gives back to her community, assists other women in realizing their full leadership potential and has created an international impact on the lives of women.

ATHENA International supports, honors and develops women leaders, and inspires them to reach their full leadership potential. Athena International founder Martha Mertz will present the award with the organization’s president Andrea Connor. “Huerta gained a reputation as a skilled organizer and tough negotiator while fiercely advocating for racial and social justice; one of the ATHENA leadership principles” said Connor.

Huerta now joins a list of ATHENA honorees that includes Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pat Summit, Sally Ride, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marlo Thomas, and Laura Liswood.

About Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and community organizer. She has worked for civil rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962 she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as vice-president and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in l998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

Ms. Huerta’s Nashville trip was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Tennessee AFL-CIO, the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council, the United Steelworkers Union, District 9 and the South Central Laborers Council.

Women’s leadership program connects Edinboro students to industry leaders

Focusing on leadership and professional development, Edinboro University hosted a forum and orientation for the University’s first ATHENA Connections College Leadership (ACCL) Program.

One of the first four higher-education institutions to launch a chapter of this prestigious female leadership program, EU delivered the outreach workshop on Sept. 9 to 20 leaders and students in the Learning Commons in the Baron-Forness Library.

“This program brings students together with female leaders in industry, non-profit and many other organizations to learn from each other and apply their learning in both educational and professional contexts,” said Monica Clem, executive director of Career Development and Experiential Learning at EU. “Our goal is to steward these young professionals in their journey from student to life after college while helping them develop skills that are transferable to any industry.”

ACCL integrates the ATHENA Leadership Model into a series focused on eight principles of leadership: living authentically, learning constantly, advocating fiercely, acting courageously, fostering collaboration, building relationships, giving back and celebrating. Facilitators consisting of established and emerging female leaders direct each session.

By participating in the ACCL program, students gain an increased sense of self as a leader, gain leadership competence critical to personal and career success and map out a personal pathway for further leadership growth.

The ACCL program features collaboration between EU’s Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning and the Women’s Philanthropy Council.

“The Women’s Philanthropy Council has made great strides in advancing opportunities for young women at Edinboro, and this program allows many of our contributors to get more involved in meaningful, impactful ways,” said Julie Chacona, EU’s Director of Development and Women’s Philanthropy Council representative, who directs the program with Clem. “Programs like this really demonstrate how valuable the WPC is to our students and community.”

ACCL participants demonstrate learning and leadership by planning and executing a capstone project in spring 2018. This project will educate the greater EU community about the ATHENA Leadership Model and the Connections College Leadership experience.

The September orientation also featured guest speaker and Edinboro alumna Andrea Stevenson-Conner (’87), President and Executive Director of ATHENA International. Stevenson-Conner has over a decade of experience in non-profit leadership and an extensive body of work promoting gender leadership equity in a global context.

During her address, she spoke about her own journey from Edinboro to the financial industry, and then to China where she is currently launching the first Chinese chapter of ATHENA Connections.

The 2017-18 ACCL program includes 15 student participants, all of whom were selected based on applications that required a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership and/or campus involvement and a recommendation from a faculty or staff member of Edinboro.

Edinboro University also nominates an outstanding female student each year for the ATHENA Erie Young Professional Award. This year, senior Emily Widomski, a Health and Physical Education major, earned the 2017 EU nomination.

Applications for the 2018-19 ATHENA Connections College Leadership Program at Edinboro University will be accepted this spring.

Individuals interested in serving as facilitators should contact Monica Clem at (814) 732-1460 or Julie Chacona at (814) 732-1779.

Photo caption: Twenty Edinboro University students, facilitators and community leaders met in EU’s Learning Commons for the first ATHENA Connections College Leadership (ACCL) Program orientation on Sept. 9.

Sevenly Campaign


ATHENA International has been selected to be the benefactor of a Sevenly fund and awareness raising campaign.

Sevenly was founded in 2011 with the mission of leading a generation toward generosity. Based on a simple, core belief that ‘People Matter,’ the Sevenly team activated the now global ‘cause art’ movement and started creating 7-day cause campaigns, inviting customers to purchase “advocacy art, apparel and accessories” that donate to non-profits. Each campaign and every product would also create conversations.

Now widely recognized as one of the world's leading 'social good' companies, Sevenly activates its signature 7-Day campaigns and curates ongoing, cause-themed collections created to change lives by raising funding, awareness and followers for the world’s greatest causes.
This honor is especially timely because Sevenly has selected ATHENA as a cause during Women of Achievement month!

Sevenly has assembled a collection of merchandise for this 7-day-only campaign including designs with the ATHENA leadership principles. $7 will go to ATHENA International for each items sold from the the Women of Achievement Collection.



ATHENA International Announces New President & Executive Director

Chicago, IL (October 26, 2016) – ATHENA International, a non-profit organization, that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders, is pleased to announce their new president and executive director, Andrea Stevenson Conner. Conner brings over a decade of nonprofit experience to the organization through her extensive work to achieve gender equality and social responsibility from the sandbox to the boardroom.