RutherfordCABLE presents the first annual ATHENA International Leadership Award Program, naming one recipient and honoring the 14 nominees on Thursday, May 15.
Each nominee was put forth by a local organization because of her exceptional professional and personal leadership, accomplishments and contributions.
The evening begins at Stones River Country Club at 5:15 p.m. with a welcome reception and continues with the Program and Ceremony at 6 p.m. ATHENA Founder Martha Mayhood Mertz is the keynote speaker for the May 15 event.
The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $50 per person and available online at rutherfordcable.org. First Tennessee Bank, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and Murfreesboro Electric Department are event sponsors.
A committee of RutherfordCABLE members has been working for one year to bring this inaugural program to Rutherford County.
“Our community is a great place to live and work,” said Dr. Jean Anne Rogers, 2014 Rutherford ATHENA Chair. “We brought this prestigious award to Rutherford County this year because we have many women right here who deserve to be recognized for their contributions.
“Each local organization selected an outstanding leader from their ranks as their nominee, a person who exemplifies leadership, commitment to community, and unselfish assistance to women and girls while excelling in their careers. These nominees are our role models.”
More than 500 communities throughout the United States, Canada, China, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Bermuda, Greece, India and the United Kingdom have honored exceptional women who inspire others to achieve excellence in their own professional and personal lives with the ATHENA® Award.
This year, four communities in Tennessee Nashville, Roane County, Blount County and Rutherford County will present ATHENA awards. More than 200 communities worldwide will honor ATHENA nominees and recipients this year.
The ATHENA International Leadership Award was founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz. The ATHENA non-profit organization seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders, inspiring them to reach their full potential and create balance in leadership worldwide.
The award is named after Athena Parthenos, the first child of Zeus, known for her courage, valor, strength and reason. She was valiant in battle but known equally as a diplomat, and for bringing the olive tree, whose branch symbolizes peace to the Greeks.