2018 Awards


Meet our 2018 Recipients and Finalists

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The ATHENA Leadership Award® Program

Supporting, Honoring and Developing Women Leaders

The ATHENA Leadership Award® was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment—qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model®. The Award is unique in both scope—local, national and international—and the ATHENA mission upon which it is based. The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to a woman —or man— who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Since the program’s inception in 1982, nearly 6,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, Unite Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented annually by chambers of commerce, women’s organizations and universities. The award is established through local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA International’s national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors.

Nominations are solicited and an ATHENA sculpture is awarded to an individual in the community who meets specific criteria listed below.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® Criteria

ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are individuals who:

  • Have achieved the highest level of professional excellence.
  • Contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
  • Actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.

Award Recipients

The ATHENA Leadership Award was launched on Long Island in 2013 by KPMG LLP with the support of a number of Long Island based corporations and enterprises. During the first three years of the award on Long Island, three outstanding women have been honored as recipients of the award and several others have been celebrated as finalists. Award recipients have been:

  • Roslyn Goldmacher, President and Founder of the Long Island Development Corporation – 2013
  • Christina Falcone, Director of Financial Shared Services and Treasury at Adecco Group North America – 2014
  • Martha Stark, Group Director and Senior Vice President, Signature Bank – 2015
  • Nancy Engelhardt, Founding Director of The Energeia Partnership at Molloy College – 2016
  • Katherine Heaviside, Founder of Epoch 5 Marketing and Public Relations – 2017
  • Anne Shybunko-Moore,CEO and owner, GSE Dynamics – 2018

Click To Download 2019 Athena Leadership Nomination Form
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ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® Program

ATHENA International is proud to announce a new opportunity for honoring emerging leaders in your community.  The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®, officially launched at the 2007 International ATHENA Leadership Conference, is now available for presentation by ATHENA Award communities.


ATHENA Young Professional Nominees are emerging women leaders in their communities. They may represent either the profit or the not-for-profit sector, and must have approximately seven to twelve years of professional experience.

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® Criteria:

ATHENA Young Professional Nominees are emerging women leaders who meet each of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession
  • Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community
  • Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally

Recognition Piece

Each ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Recipient receives a recognition piece reflective of the cut crystal prism on the ATHENA Award Sculpture, symbolizing the multifaceted qualities of great leadership. This lovely award is engraved with the ATHENA Leadership Model and is presented, like the sculpture, on a black base.

Award Recipients

The ATHENA Young Professional Award was also launched in 2013 on Long Island, led by KPMG LLP and supported by a team of Long Island based corporations and enterprises. Three wonderful role models have received the award so far:

  • Jennifer Tuschong, Process Development Manager, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. -2013
  • Judith Heller, Senior Director, Ambulatory Network Development at the North Shore-LIJ Health System – 2014
  • Laura Palacios, Group Director, Vice President Investments, Signature Securities -2015
  • Michelle E. Schmitt, Esq., Partner, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP – 2016
  • Kristen Capezza, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Adelphi University – 2017
  • Erin Storch, Regional Account Director, Crossover Health – 2018


Click To Download 2019 AYPLA Nomination Form

To email nomination forms CLICK HERE