The ATHENA Award is presented annually by the KC Chamber. The award honors a person “who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence, devoted time and energy to the community, and, especially, opened the doors of leadership opportunity to women.”

The award was created by the Lansing, Michigan, Chamber of Commerce in 1982. Today, the ATHENA Award program includes more than 375 U.S. cities and has recognized more than 2,600 women and men for their accomplishments, community service, and opening pathways for others.

The award is named for Athena, the Greek goddess of intelligence and wisdom, arts and sciences. The award was first presented by the KC Chamber in 2001.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is presented to emerging women leaders across professional sectors for exemplary leadership. 2010 was the first year for the Young Professional Leadership distinction of ATHENA.

The Process
After June 3, all nominees will be notified. The nominee will be asked accept then finish a portion of the nomination process.

A selection committee, made up of a diverse group of community leaders, will review all nominations and select one ATHENA Award recipient and one Young Professional ATHENA leadership Award recipient. The recipients will be honored at the annual Kansas City ATHENA Awards Reception.

Past ATHENA Award winners

Past ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award winners

Thanks to 2016 Presenting Sponsors:
Bank Midwest

Thanks to 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award Service Sponsors:
American Century Investments
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
DST Systems
VanTrust Real Estate, LLC
Bank Midwest
Thanks to 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award Emerging Sponsors:
Burns & McDonnell
Central Exchange
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Garmin International Inc.
Grant Thornton LLP
Hallmark Cards
Henderson Engineers
JE Dunn Construction Group
Kutak Rock
McCown Gordon Construction, LLC
Southwest Airlines
State Street
Stinson Leonard Street
Truman Medical Center
UMB Financial Corp
US Bank
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.