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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 7,000 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 locally 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.

To read more about ATHENA International and the award(s), please visit:

The Process

After June 22, all nominees will be notified. The nominee will be asked to accept the nomination, 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 on October 4, 2018.

Past ATHENA Award winners

Past ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award winners

Thanks to 2018 Presenting Sponsors:
Bank Midwest

Thanks to 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award Leadership Sponsor:
American Century Investments
Arvest Bank

Thanks to 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award Service Sponsors:
DST Systems
Bank Midwest
Thanks to 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award Emerging Sponsors:
Black & Veatch
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Country Club Bank
Garmin International Inc.
H&R Block
Hallmark Cards
Henderson Engineers
Husch Blackwell
JE Dunn Construction Group
Lathrop Gage
McCown Gordon Construction, LLC
PNC Bank
Shawnee Mission Health
Southwest Airlines
State Street
UMB Financial Corp