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ATHENA Nominations

The ATHENA Awards

The ATHENA Award, an internationally prized honor, recognizes women who demonstrate excellence in professional leadership, community service, and mentorship of future leaders. Each year, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards highlight women at the top of their field, who demonstrate inspiring leadership within their industry, mentor women throughout their career, and dedicate themselves to the community.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber proudly hosts one of the most highly-regarded ATHENA Awards programs in the country. Over the past 37 years, 68 accomplished and compassionate Valley businesswomen have earned the title of ATHENA.

We want to learn about the ATHENAs in your life!

Who is an ATHENA?

An ATHENA recipient must meet three specific criteria:

  • Leadership: Demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession in the Greater Phoenix area
  • Mentorship: Assists others (both professionally and personally) in reaching their full leadership potential
  • Community Service: Provides valuable service by devoting consistent and continuous time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the Greater Phoenix community

As the Greater Phoenix Chamber ATHENA Awards celebrates its 37th anniversary, we continue to honor in the public sector, private sector, and up-and-coming ATHENA young professionals. One woman in each category will be named ATHENA.

Time Requirements

Friday, June 21, 2024 – Nomination forms due by 5 p.m. (No extensions granted)

Friday, July 12, 2024 – Application packets due by 5 p.m. (No extensions granted)

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 – ATHENA Nominee Reception (Attendance recommended)

Friday, September 6, 2024 – ATHENA Selection Committee panel interview, video interview, and photos (finalists only)

  • 8 a.m.– 11 a.m. – Private Sector
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Public Sector
  • 2:45-5 p.m. – Young Professional

Sept 18th – 19th – On-site Video Shoots (Public & Private sector finalists only)

Thursday, October 24, 2024 – ATHENA Awards Luncheon at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge

  • 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Finalist time commitment

Requirements for Eligibility

  • Nominees must be able to meet the above time commitments.
  • Finalists must support the ATHENA Awards event as a table host (minimum of one $1,250 table).
  • Individuals currently serving in a paid elected position are not eligible to participate. (e.g. state legislators are not eligible; school board members are eligible for consideration. Please contact with questions on eligibility).

Nominations forms are due Friday, June 21, 2024 by 5 p.m.! No extensions granted.

If you cannot submit your nomination via the above form, you may utilize the below PDFs and submit via email to