AN ATHENA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAPTER AT UCF
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz, ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders through programs that administer partnership with ‘host organizations’ from local communities.
This program inspires women to reach their full potential and strives to create balance in leadership worldwide. Ms. Mertz was inspired by the Greek goddess Athena, who embodies the “strength, courage, wisdom, and enlightenment” that women leaders possess.
Athena Women Empowered (Athena WE) is the first Athena International collegiate chapter in Florida seeking to develop women to achieve their full potential both professionally and personally.
Athena WE is a growing registered student organization at the University of Central Florida founded in March 2016. We are open to all majors and dedicated to developing collegiate women through workshops, networking events, mentorship opportunities, and various industry speakers.
Mi-Ai Parrish, president of Republic Media, was a recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award
Joan Budden, president and CEO at Priority Health, was a recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award
Deborah German, dean of medicine at the University of Central Florida, was an ATHENA award recipient
Shannon Cohen, founder and CEO of Shannon Cohen, Inc. was a recipient of the ATHENA Young Award.
The ATHENA Leadership Model® identifies eight distinct principles that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership and these principles serve as the building blocks for future success. The 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.
The executive board is determined to provide as many resources and opportunities to our members to sharpen the skills necessary to become successful in their chosen industry
Contact us with any questions at Athena.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer JohnsonFaculty Advisor
Bradey BarquinSenior Vice President
Stephanie WilliamsVP - Finance
Marissa MillerVP - Marketing / Communications
Jolina AdarneVP - Membership
Athena WE meets Tuesdays at 6:30 P.M. in College of Business Administration room 135 (CEL). For specific meeting dates, see below:
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4000 Central Florida Blvd,
Orlando, FL 32816
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