Athena of The Triangle (a non-profit organization) will be the recipient of any profit from the luncheon.
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ATHENA of the Triangle is a licensee of programs developed by ATHENA International®, a non-profit organization founded on the deeply held belief that women can achieve a worldwide balance of leadership when they are recognized, cultivated, and encouraged as leaders.
We provide innovative programming in leadership development and entrepreneurial skill building for women leaders in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill region of North Carolina. Our goal is to empower them as strong leaders in either multi-national corporations or their own business ventures
The ATHENA Leadership Model, developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: living authentically, learning constantly, advocating fiercely, acting courageously, fostering collaboration, building relationships, giving back and celebrating. These personal traits that are more intuitive to women, and combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership - taking risks, assertiveness, hard work - prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st century.
Under the ATHENA Leadership Model, four distinctive education and mentoring programs have been created to honor and foster women in leadership:
- The ATHENA Award Program
- The ATHENA International Women's Leadership Forum
We know the value of emerging and transformative styles of leadership that are closely tied to the intuitive strengths that women bring to leadership. The ATHENA Leadership Model captures these principles for use in contemporary settings, while acknowledging that they have been handed down from women across the world and over generations. In short, the ATHENA Leadership Model meets the needs of emerging leaders and speaks convincingly to women leaders who will head the organizations of the future.
1. What is the ATHENA PowerLink® Program?
ATHENA PowerLink is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that provides professional advisory panels to woman-owned businesses.
2. What are the Criteria for Company Selection?
All selections are made by the ATHENA PowerLink Governing Body from applications received. Companies are chosen based on their potential to effectively utilize an advisory panel’s ability to assist the company's growth.
To be considered for help through the program companies must:
• Be owned by at least 51 percent by a woman.
• Have been in operation for at least two years.
• Have a minimum of two employees.
• Generate annual revenues of at least $250,000 if in manufacturing or retail, or $100,000 if in a service business.
• Have clearly defined company objectives/goals with explicit reasons for seeking ATHENA PowerLink assistance.
3. What does ATHENA PowerLink provide?
ATHENA PowerLink determines the specific areas of expertise in which the business requires assistance and recruits professionals to provide the needed guidance. These professionals serve a one-year term in an advisory panel position with advisory panel meetings held quarterly. At the business owner's request, advisors are encouraged to occasionally meet with the owner outside the regular quarterly sessions.
ATHENA PowerLink also provides an Advisory Panel Coordinator. This individual is responsible for ensuring the scheduling of the quarterly panel meetings, the timely dissemination of all pertinent information including the agenda and notes/minutes of all panel meetings, as well as overall project coordination.
4. What are the Business Owner's Responsibilities?
The Business Owner is responsible for providing a suitable meeting place for the advisory panel. In addition, the Business Owner provides the meeting agenda, any appropriate materials for the panel members and the panel coordinator including, but not limited to, financial statements, an executive summary and company literature. The owner must delineate specific company problems requiring the advice of panel members so that solutions can be suggested. Ultimately, the owner has the ability to accept or reject the suggestions made by panel members.