28th Annual ATHENA Leadership Awards
and Scholarship Program

March 22, 2018


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.

2018 ATHENA Awards Program

The 2018 ATHENA Awards Program is chaired by Roxianne Bethune, Diversity Consultant, Alliance Synergy Group. Roxianne’s co-chair is Andrea Perry, Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.

We are excited to announce that the 28th annual Nashville ATHENA Award Program will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018. 


Patrons Society

If you are interested in joining the 2018 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

2018 ATHENA AWARDS PROGRAM nominations

As the Nashville ATHENA Awards Program celebrates its 28th 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 2018 ATHENA Award and Young Professional Leadership Award recipient.

On March 22, 2018 in honor of Women’s History Month, the recipients this year’s ATHENA Awards and Scholarship Program will be announced at the 28th annual awards ceremony.

Nominees will be announced in January and the recipients of the award categories will be announced at the program on March 22, 2018. Recipients names will be added and their nominating organization once they are selected.

 Thank you to our Sponsors:

Champion Sponsor


Partner Sponsors:


Supporting Sponsors:


In Kind Sponsors:


Scholarship Sponsors: