November 2016   

ATHENA International 2016 Shanghai International Forum on Women's Development

ATHENA International President & Executive Director Andrea Stevenson Conner, ATHENA International Founder Martha Mertz, ATHENA International Board Member Pat Pierce, and Sarah Jennings of ATHENA WIN, joined the Shanghai International Forum on Women's Development as featured speakers; furthering the reach of the ATHENA Leadership Model. 
   Advocates from across the globe come together to collaborate for International       Women's Development.

   Martha Mertz and Sarah Jennings lead an ATHENA World Cafe session in China.

AIG China's leadership team hosts ATHENA International to discuss the ATHENA Leadership Model.
ATHENA Akron ATHENA Women's Leadership Day Event
ATHENA Akron, Inc. hosted their 8th annual Women's Leadership Day Celebration on October 13, 2016.  The event highlighted table discussions with experienced and emerging women leaders sharing their thoughts.  ATHENA Akron is a affiliate of ATHENA International.
For more information about forming an affiliate of ATHENA International in your community, please contact Norma Rist at
photo caption: ATHENA International Board of Directors Chair Judith Lancaster is pinned with a corsage by Director Emeritus Chris Brown at the 8th annual Women's Leadership Day Lunch in Akron.

The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Board
recently elected two  ATHENA International board members as officers. Congratulations to 
Yvonne Wood and Pat Pierce!

The TWSM raised funds to build the monument in honor of the women who, in 1920, fought so hard to assure that the Tennessee General Assembly became the 36th state, and the one that was needed, to ratify the 19th Amendment giving all women in our nation the right to vote. The statue will be there for the ages, for all to enjoy, standing in Centennial Park in Nashville,Tennessee.  

ATHENA International honored Caroline Hubbell Yingling, Sharon Reed, and Becky Lindahl with awards for exemplary leadership by women in the Charlotte community.

Andrea Stevenson Conner, President of ATHENA International, delivered the keynote address, and WBTV news anchor Molly Grantham served as master of ceremonies for the gala event, held at The Mint Museum.

Yingling, general counsel for the law firm Moore & Van Allen, received the ATHENA Leadership Award. ATHENA saluted Yingling for "leading with an unwavering commitment to excellence and a professional passion that enriches the lives of her colleagues and many others in the community."

Reed received the ATHENA Leadership Award in non-profit community service. Reed founded and leads the Global Girls Project. ATHENA recognized Sharon as "a fierce advocate for women and girls' empowerment, locally and globally-using storytelling, advocacy and mentorship to help women and girls realize their full leadership potential."

Lindahl received the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. As the youngest female partner in the large, international law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman, Lindahl leads by example as a successful litigator, mentor, and women's advocate. ATHENA celebrated Lindahl's "passion, concentrated on encouraging women to pursue careers in law and volunteering her legal skills to help women of domestic violence." 
On Thursday, Julia Roth, partner in the Decatur law firm of Eyster, Key, Tubb, Roth, Adams & Middleton, was honored with the Athena International Leadership Award at the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce annual Women in Business Celebration at Doubletree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront.

"Julia's willingness to seek out opportunities to serve is a great testament to her spirit and what she values in our community," said John Seymour, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber. "Her example as both a generous leader in our city and in her profession is a great example of why she was selected. Her quiet confidence has benefited people of all walks of life. Decatur and Morgan County are better due to her service and leadership."

A native of Fort Benning, Ga., and born into a U.S. Army family, Roth joined Eyster Key in 2008 and focuses in the areas of environmental product liability, contracts, antitrust, probate, divorce and family law. Prior to her move to Decatur, she served as a partner at White Dunn & Booker in Birmingham, Ala., where her areas of expertise included federal multidistrict litigation, probate and general civil litigation in the field of healthcare. In Decatur and north Alabama, Roth has served in leadership roles in a variety of non-profit organizations. She currently serves as board chairman for the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, as well as having served as chair of the search committee for the recently hired executive director; board member of the United Way of Morgan County; board member of the Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation; a charter member of the United Way Women's Leadership Council; former secretary of the Women's Chamber of Commerce, among many others. In serving in a professional capacity, Roth has served on the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Committee, member of the State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program, served as a Jefferson County (Ala.) conservator and guardian for more than 300 wards, and served as a Court Appointed Indigent Defense Counsel.

Kelly Rodriguez was presented the 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award® during the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Second Wednesday luncheon held Oct. 12 at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The Athena Leadership Award® celebrates exemplary leadership, community service, and active assistance to women in achieving their full leadership potential.

A banker with more than 35 years of experience, Rodriguez is a Senior Vice President at Resource Bank, specializing in commercial lending and business banking. She has been a volunteer with the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity since 2004, including serving as its chairwoman. A 2010 Leadership Northshore graduate, Rodriguez worked to link the St. Tammany Parish school system to the Naval Lab through the Math Counts project. She was a leader in the project that built a Kids Unlimited Playground at Camp Salmen Park, and was an organizer of the 2014 Louisiana Veterans Festival. She also has been a recipient of the prestigious Bill Lowry Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Slidell.

The 2016 ATHENA Young Leadership Award was presented to Shasta Leininger, Chief Development Officer with the New Orleans Firemen's Credit Union.
Also nominated for the ATHENA Leadership Award® were Stephanie Berault, Kim Bergeron, Brenda Reine Bertus, and Ellen Ellinwood Lamarque.
Also nominated for the ATHENA Young Leadership Award award was Victoria Langlinais.

ATHENA 2016 Leadership Award Recipient:
Shawna Nelson
Shawna demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in all of her endeavors. Shawna is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Sheraton Cavalier and The James Hotel in Saskatoon. Through her strategic leadership she has developed engaged and passionate teams, delivering effective results in sales, marketing, and in maintaining market share in a competitive and growing marketplace.

Shawna is an active member of the community through volunteering on various board positions and organizations such as Lawson Heights School Home and School Association and School Community Council, Saskatoon Women's Network, Convention Saskatoon, National Advisory Council with Tourism Saskatoon, current Chair of the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, The Princess Shop, Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan Jeans and Jewels Major Fundraiser Gala, 2012 and 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards, and many others. She is passionate about helping women tap into their full potential and displays this by hosting the monthly Shaken with a Twist Networking event which promotes and shares stories of local inspiring women in our community.

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ATHENA International Board of Directors
ATHENA International
Board of Directors

Judith Lancaster  
Janine Janosky
1st Vice-Chair

Mary MacLaren
2nd Vice-Chair

Cathleen Harris
Tiffany Hughes
Martha Mertz

Christine Brown
Director Emeritus

KL Daly

Joselyn DiPetta
Joanne Eberhardt

Janet Green

Ruth E. Johnson
Karen Keene
George Lemon
Jan Maddox
Immediate Past Chair

Jan Davies McDermott
Colleen Mezler

Carla R. Michelotti
Director Emeritus

Debbie Peterson

Patricia Pierce
Director Emeritus

Ann Playter

Kristine Quade

Norma Rist
Past Chair 
Director Emeritus
Ellen Ruddock
Past Chair   
Director Emeritus 

Linda Peek Schacht
William Shivers

Debra Adams Simmons
Past Chair 
Director Emeritus  
Linda Stevenson
Lolita Toney

Brittany Zaehringer
Yvonne Wood
Past Chair
Director Emeritus 
Andrea Conner
President & Executive Director

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  Supporting, developing and honoring women leaders. 
  Inspiring women to achieve their full potential.
  Creating balance in leadership worldwide.