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Mary Thomson (815) 953-0317
Melissa Tanner (815) 685-7355


The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce and Women In Networking are pleased to announce the bi-annual ATHENA Leadership Award® and the Young ATHENA Leadership Award® nominations are now being accepted.

The ATHENA and Young ATHENA Leadership Awards®  are presented to exemplary leaders who have achieved excellence in their business or profession, serve the community in a meaningful way, and actively assist women to achieve their full leadership potential.


Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 7,000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982. Nominations are requested throughout the community and Recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.


ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients emerge from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.


Women In Network (formerly Women In Business) honored their first ATHENA Leadership Award recipient in 1987 and throughout the years have awarded 36 ATHENA and Young ATHENA Leadership Awards® to local professional women and men.


ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients.


Women In Network believes in the values underlying ATHENA International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.


The ATHENA Award recipients will be announced at the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Leadership and Lunch on Tuesday, May 23 at ONU. Peoples Bank of Kankakee County will be the presenting sponsor of the ATHENA Awards.


Nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 1.  Nomination forms can be found on the Kankakee County Chamber website at


If you have any questions, please contact the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce at 815.351.9068.

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