Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice 

DEVELOPING EMERGING WOMEN LEADERS 

The Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice program is designed to prepare young women for leadership. Ideal for use by mentors, teaching professionals, and university faculty working with students, the Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice engages and inspires young women to not only see themselves as leaders, but to gain skills necessary for successful leadership in the 21st Century. 

Learning Outcomes for participants… 

  • learn how to “be” a leader with a focus on quality and character 

  • gain leadership competence necessary for success in college and beyond 

  • explore personal leadership attributes relative to the ATHENA® Leadership Model 

  • apply ATHENA® leadership principles through experiential learning 

  • map out a pathway for leadership growth in personal and professional 

  • have the opportunity to build bridges across professional sectors and generations 



Benefits for participants… 

  • enhance the growth and development of emerging leaders through an internationally recognized leadership model for the 21st century 

  • identify emerging leaders for programs, memberships, board positions, and awards through involvement with the program 

  • engage with community members and leaders through mentorship, service, and guest speakers in delivering the ATHENA® Leadership Model 

  • partner with an international organization, ATHENA International 



WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice PROGRAM? 

Young women who are learning about leadership and those already practicing it through involvement in student organizations, mentoring groups, Girl Scouts, Greek organizations, student government, or any organizations focused leadership development. 


HOW WAS THE ATHENA LEADERSHIP MODEL DEVELOPED? 

The ATHENA® Leadership Model, funded through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was developed by leadership experts and based on surveys of hundreds of ATHENA Award Recipients. It identifies eight distinct principles that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Live Authentically, Learn Constantly, Advocate Fiercely, Act Courageously, Foster Collaboration, Build Relationships, Give Back, Celebrate. These principles are also the building blocks for success in today’s global society. 

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. 

MORE ABOUT THE Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice PROGRAM 

The program includes the ATHENA® Leadership Model curriculum, design format, and implementation training. 

CURRICULUM CONTENT 

Grounded in research, the ATHENA® Leadership Model is based on eight core principles that inspire women to reach their potential. The curriculum provides definitions of each of the principles, examples for gaining a deeper understanding, and exercises so students can apply what is learned. 

DESIGN FORMAT 

The design format has been created to provide participants opportunities to engage in discussions around leadership, to explore their leadership identity and to connect with other participants, students, and community leaders. Important to this design format is the opportunity for bridging the theoretical constructs of the principles with practice. 

HOST ORGANIZATION’S PERSPECTIVE 

"I appreciate the opportunity that Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice has given our Davenport University women students to meet effective leaders and develop the qualities necessary for professional success and fulfillment. When students participate in Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice, it makes a difference in their lives. Thank you for the contribution that Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice makes to preparing our women for leadership." 

Therese M. Tomaszek, Ph.D. Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Davenport University 

TRAINING FOR IMPLEMENTATION 

The implementation training allows ATHENA International to work with an individual or team to teach the principles. There is tremendous potential for use in a variety of others settings and these will be explored (i.e. as the basis for a for-credit leadership class, the curriculum for a service-learning initiative, a certificate program, etc.). 

~FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Q. Is there a particular time of year when this must be offered? 

A. In terms of implementation Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice program allows for great flexibility. 

Q. What is included in the Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice program? 

A. The program includes: 

o Program Materials: ATHENA® Leadership Model curriculum, graphic files (including all templates and samples you need for successful programming) 

o Access to online resources on the ATHENA International website 

o Ongoing leadership news and correspondence from ATHENA International 

o Up to 100 sets of ATHENA® Leadership Model principles cards 

o A three hour implementation training 

Q. What is the cost of participating in the Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice program? 

A. There is a one-time license fee of $500 for the use of the ATHENA® Leadership Model and all of the support materials, plus a per participant fee based on audience. 

In subsequent years, there is an annual $500 fee for the ongoing use of the materials – in whatever format you deem useful. In addition, ATHENA requires an annual report on your Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice program so your efforts can be tracked and recognized for innovation! 

Q. What is included in the annual $500 commitment (after the initial license fee)? 

A. This fee allows you to use the ATHENA® Leadership Model in whatever formats you choose while reporting those initiatives each year through a simple annual report. 

Q. How do we get started? 

A. Simply contact ATHENA International at 312-580--0111 or eharris@athenainternational.org. A comprehensive program toolkit will be available upon receipt of your license payment. 

Pilot an Becoming ATHENA: Emerging Leaders-College: Empowering My Voice program in your community today!