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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 8,500 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.

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

The Process

After June 23, 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.

Past ATHENA Award winners

Past ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award winners

Thanks to 2017 Presenting Sponsors:
Bank Midwest

Thanks to 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award Leadership Sponsor:
American Century Investments

Thanks to 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award Service Sponsors:
Arvest Bank
DST Systems
Bank Midwest
Thanks to 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award Emerging Sponsors:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Central Exchange
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Garmin International Inc.
Grant Thornton LLP
Hallmark Cards
Henderson Engineers
JE Dunn Construction Group
Lockton Companies
McCown Gordon Construction, LLC
PNC Bank
Saint Luke's Health System
Southwest Airlines
State Street
UMB Financial Corp
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.