As of March 13, 2020, the ATHENA Award and Scholarship Program has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

No event will be held March 24. Stay tuned for rescheduling information in the near future.

Each year during Women’s History Month in March, Nashville joins more than 500 communities throughout the United States, Canada, China, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Bermuda, Greece, India, and the United Kingdom in honoring exceptional women leaders who inspire others to achieve excellence in their own professional and personal lives.

From its inception, the Nashville ATHENA Award Program has been and continues to be a unique community-supported program, organized and sponsored through the collaborative efforts of local women’s organizations in partnership with local businesses and individual sponsors, unlike other cities which rely upon their local Chamber of Commerce.

The ATHENA Award Program was originally organized under the auspices of the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), a consortium of fourteen women’s organizations.  NAWBO brought the ATHENA Award Program to Nashville in 1990.  In 1995, through a recommendation approved by the boards of both NAWBO and Cable, annual organizing responsibility for the event transferred from NAWBO to Cable, where it continues today under the Cable Foundation’s 501(C)(3) and pursuant to a license from ATHENA International.

2020 NASHVILLE ATHENA Award Program

The 30th Nashville ATHENA Award and Scholarship Program is chaired by Katie Braddy, Business Development Manager at Baker Donelson, and co-chaired by Tameka Winston, Ph.D.

We are excited to announce that the 30th Annual Nashville ATHENA Award and Scholarship Program will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Two recognitions will be presented at the ATHENA Award event: – the traditional ATHENA Award, which celebrates women who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their profession, contribute to their community and mentor other women; and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, created in 2011 to highlight emerging women leaders between the ages of 25-40 who demonstrate excellence in their profession and improve the quality of life for others in the community while serving as role models for other young women both personally and professionally.

Patrons Society

The Nashville ATHENA Patrons Society supports and sustains the ATHENA Award Program by providing necessary funding to accomplish its goals while supporting our future leaders, high school and non-traditional women pursuing college, with scholarships.  Since its inception in 2010, the Patrons Society, supported by individuals who have been a part of the ATHENA legacy and are committed to its goals, has raised over $95,000.  If you are interested in joining the 2019 Patrons Society, click here to learn more.  Members of the Patrons Society will receive reserved seating at the awards program, their name listed on event materials and a special invitation to the Patrons Society and Nominee Reception.

Would you like to sponsor the 2020 ATHENA Awards Program?

Please email Katie Braddy at for sponsor benefit information. Click to review our ATHENA Sponsorship Benefit Sheet to learn about our partnership opportunities!

Our 2020 ATHENA Sponsors

Patron Sponsors

Deloitte Logo
duGard Communications Logo
TSU Logo

Community Sponsor

First Horizon

Champion Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

  • Dream Events & Catering
  • Tennessean/USA Today Network
  • Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
  • Vista Points


Nominations are closed.

As the Nashville ATHENA Award Program celebrates its 30th year, Athena’s spirit lives on in those women who use their vision and persistence daily to excel, while reaching out to open doors and blaze new trails for others to follow. Women from across Nashville and Middle Tennessee are nominated every year for special recognition at the ATHENA Awards for serving as the embodiment of Athena’s spirit. The journey began in October with a number of women who each exemplify leadership, superior performance, commitment to community and unselfish assistance to women and women’s issues; however, only one from each category will join past recipients as Nashville’s 2020 ATHENA Award recipient and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient. On March 24, 2020 in honor of Women’s History Month, the recipients of this year’s ATHENA Award and Scholarship Program will be revealed at the 30th Annual Nashville ATHENA Award and Scholarship Program.