Athena CommitteeThe ATHENA Leadership Award® was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment – qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model®. The Award is unique in both scope—local, national and international—and the ATHENA mission upon which it is based. The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to a woman —or man— who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
The ATHENA Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide. The ATHENA Award honors women who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow.
THE CRITERIA: ATHENA recipients must meet the following criteria.
- Live or work in Great Falls or the surrounding area
- Assist women in reaching their full leadership potential
- Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession
- Provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community
THE PROCESS: A Selection committee of past ATHENA Award recipients will review all nomination forms and select the ATHENA Award recipient. The ATHENA Award will be presented at the Chamber’s February Quarterly Luncheon.
We Stand Tall Award
The purpose of the We Stand Tall award is to honor members of our community who have set a positive example of community involvement for future generations. "We Stand Tall" because we are on the shoulders of those who came before us. The We Stand Tall Award honors those who do not necessarily qualify for the Athena Award because they are not business leaders or may have not held a leadership role but instead are a quiet unsung hero or heroine.
The criteria for the Stand Tall Nominee is that he or she has been a community volunteer and mentor. He or she may be a professional, may be a business owner, may be retired, or may have not ever have been employed outside the home. There is not a formal nomination form for Stand Tall, instead the Athena members choose who they want to recognize at a Fall luncheon celebration.
Past Stand Tall Recipients
Molly Person and MA Roberts
Bill and Joan Nell McFadden
The Oakland Family
ATHENA Award Nomination Form