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 beginning, 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.

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 brought the ATHENA Award Program to Nashville in 1990. In 1995, through a recommendation approved by both Boards, annual organizing responsibility for the event transferred from Nashville NAWBO to Cable, where it continues today under the Cable Foundation’s 501(C)(3) and pursuant to a license from ATHENA International.

2017 ATHENA Awards Program

The 2017 ATHENA Awards Program is chaired by Mendy Mazzo, Vice President, Skanska. Mendy’s co-chair is Roxianne Bethune, Diversity Consultant, Alliance Synergy Group.


We are excited to announce that the 27th annual Nashville ATHENA Award Program will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at OZArts Nashville located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN.

Reservations ($75 for individual level and a minimum of $250 for Patrons Society level) are now open

To purchase your individual tickets to the 2017 ATHENA Awards Program, please click here.


Patrons Society

If you are interested in joining the 2017 Patrons Society, which funds the awards program and ATHENA Alumnae Scholarship, 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.

Nominations for the 2017 ATHENA Awards Program

As the Nashville ATHENA Awards Program celebrates its 27th year, Athena’s spirit lives on in those individuals who use their vision and persistence to excel, while reaching out and opening the way for others. Women from across Nashville and Middle Tennessee are nominated every year for special recognition as the embodiment of Athena’s spirit. While each exemplify leadership, superior performance, commitment to community and unselfish assistance to women and women’s issues, only one from each category will join past recipients as Nashville’s 2016-2017 ATHENA Award and Young Professional Leadership Award recipient.

Nominees will be announced in December and the recipients of the award categories will be announced at the program on March 30, 2017. Recipients names will be added and their nominating organization once they are selected.

If your organization would like to nominate someone for the 2017 ATHENA Award or Young Professional Leadership Award, please click here for more information.

ATHENA and Young Professional Leadership nominations are due by Friday, October 14, 2016. No extensions will be given. Please email completed nomination forms to Ruth Freeland,