ATHENA Nominations Now Open, Due March 4

FORT WAYNE, IND. – Greater Fort Wayne Inc., is now accepting nominations for the 2016 ATHENA Award Program, due March 4, ahead of the April 20 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, for the first time in Fort Wayne, the Organizational Leadership Award.
The Awards 
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.  

In addition to these awards, GFW Inc., will also be awarding the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award for the first time, recognizing 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 below. For the individual Leadership and Young Professional awards, the nominee must fill out a nomination form, and a nominator must separately complete and submit a letter of nomination. For the Organizational Leadership award, only a nomination form must be submitted.
Please note: Forms cannot be saved once information is entered, so please plan to complete the form in one session. 

Leadership Award Nomination Form (to be completed by the nominee)
Young Professional Award Nomination Form (to be completed by the nominee)
Letter of Nomination (for Leadership or Young Professional Award only, to be completed by a nominator) 
Organizational Leadership Award Nomination Form (to be completed by the nominee)

The deadline for nominations and letters for all awards is Friday, March 4, 2016. Late nomination forms or letters of nomination will not be accepted.
The Event 
To recognize the nominees and announce the winners, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., will hold the 11th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Parkview’s Mirro Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. ATHENA International Founder, Martha Mertz, will be the keynote speaker.

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. Donations for the ATHENA Scholarship are being accepted at the time of ticket purchase by clicking the registration button. RSVPs are required. Please register by Friday, April 15, 2016, at

Higher-level sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Joe Wasson 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

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