In Greek mythology, Athena was known as the goddess of War, Wisdom, Strategy, Strength, and Heroic Endeavor. Athena was regarded as the protector of civilization and with her companion Nike, the goddess of Victory, it was believed Athena protected the heroic on the battlefield and bestowed victory upon those who revered justice, serving as the essence, the prototype of the contemporary career woman.
Often described as strong, fair and merciful, Athena served as an early role model for women throughout time. Each year, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership recognizes individuals from our community who exemplify the leadership traits of the goddess Athena. This year, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership will honor two local professionals with the 2011 ATHENA Leadership Award and the 2011 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award at a luncheon in November. The ATHENA Awards committee is currently seeking nominations for these honors.
The ATHENA Leadership Award honors an individual in our community who has attained and personifies the highest level of professional excellence, demonstrates support for the goals of women professionals, and provides significant and selfless assistance on their behalf. In 2010, the Partnership recognized Sister Denise Roche, President of D’Youville College with this honor. This award is dedicated to promoting and honoring the valuable contributions being made to advance the status of women in the Buffalo Niagara region.
The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recognizes emerging women leaders across professional sectors for exemplary leadership. It actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential, and helping to create balance in leadership worldwide. This award honors women between the ages of 25 and 40 who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as role models for young women. Last year, Amy Schmit of University at Buffalo Center for Excellence was named the 2010 Athena Young Professional. Both honorees are exemplary leaders who continue to advance the status of women throughout the Buffalo Niagara region.
If you are interested in learning more about the ATHENA Award’s, or how to nominate a professional dedicated to advancing the status of women in the Buffalo Niagara Region, visit www.thepartnership.org/athena or call 716.541.1759 for more information. Nominations will be accepted until noon on Friday, July 22nd for consideration.