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ATHENA Awards: Ignite Change

February 28 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm


ATHENA Valley of the Sun (AVOS) will be celebrating women igniting change in Arizona at this year’s awards luncheon. Making the special event even more special, AVOS has been selected from international chapters to present the Global Leadership Award. The ATHENA Leadership Award has been presented in Arizona, but this is the first time the Global ATHENA Leadership Award will be presented in the state, and members of the organization’s national board will be in attendance.

The Global ATHENA Leadership Award will be presented to Melani Walton, co-founder of the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation. The award is presented by the ATHENA International Board to an individual who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence, assisted women in reaching their potential, and whose body of work has an international impact. Past Global ATHENA Award recipients include iconic female leaders such as Dolores Huerta, Marlo Thomas, Condoleezza Rice and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Six HAIL (Honoring ATHENA Inspired Leaders) Awards will be presented to recipients chosen for their exemplification of the one of the principles in the ATHENA Leadership Model®. Honorees for 2019 are Kim Evans for Live Authentically; Carolyn Szatkowski for Learn Constantly; Sally Downey, Ed.D., for Advocate Fiercely; Heather Dopson for Act Courageously; Carrie Smith for Foster Collaboration; and Shatha Barbour for Build Relationships. In addition, six young women chosen from East Valley high schools will be honored for the work they do in their communities and will be mentored by the HAIL award honorees.

AVOS, an official affiliate to ATHENA International, was launched in 2015 by Kristine Quade, Ed.D., to create new awareness for the guiding ATHENA Leadership principles and to give women of all generations in Arizona an authentic platform to explore and enhance their leadership potential through its mission to “Support, Develop and Honor” women leaders. Luncheon proceeds will help provide leadership programs and other support to area women and young women in East Valley high schools.

Registration closes Feb. 22 at 5:00p.


February 28
10:30 am - 1:30 pm


The Clayton House
3719 N. 75th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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(480) 990-7300


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