ATHENA Nominations Now Open, Due February 17

Award Luncheon Scheduled for March 29

FORT WAYNE, IND. – Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc., is now accepting nominations for the 2017 ATHENA Award Program, due February 17, ahead of the March 29 award luncheon. The ATHENA Award Program celebrates exceptional men, women and organizations who have served the community in a meaningful way and have assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills. These individuals are recognized through the Leadership Award, the Young Professional Award, and the Organizational Leadership Award.

The prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award honors individuals who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, who provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and who actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award honors emerging women leaders, aged 40 and under, who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession, provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her community, and clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

The ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award recognizes an organization within the community that creates an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential and gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.

Nominations for the three local ATHENA Awards are now available on the Greater Fort Wayne Inc., website at Nominators are encouraged to work closely with nominees to complete the nomination forms. The deadline for nominations for all awards is February 17. Late nomination forms will not be accepted.

To recognize the nominees and announce the award recipients, GFW Inc., will hold the 12th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 29, at Hotel Fort Wayne, 305 E. Washington Center Road, from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

The cost for individual tickets is $35 and table sponsorships are $500. Table sponsors receive one table for eight individuals to attend the event and will have their logo and/or company name recognized at the table. Payment for this event is non-refundable. RSVPs are required. Please register by March 22 at

Distinguished sponsorships are also available. Please contact Audrea Castaneda at (260) 420-6945 or


About ATHENA International

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International’s mission is honoring, developing and supporting women leaders, inspiring women to reach their full leadership potential to create a balance of power worldwide. The Global ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have achieved a high degree of professional excellence, have assisted women to develop their full potential by opening up leadership opportunities, and whose body of work has made a national or international impact. To learn more about ATHENA International, visit

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit