th (1)By Michael Jones/Rotary Club of Jasper Media Director

JASPER, IN – The Rotary Club of Jasper will host an ATHENA International Award® presentation at the Huntingburg Event Center on Thursday, August 21, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with Leah Curry, Vice President of Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, as the keynote speaker. Founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz, ATHENA® International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders.  The program inspires women to reach their full potential and strives to create balance in leadership worldwide.

 Supporting, honoring and developing women leaders are the foundations of the ATHENA Leadership Model®, developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, and Celebration and Joy. These personal traits combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership—taking risks, assertiveness, hard work—prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st Century.

Since the program’s inception, more than 6,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The Jasper Rotary Club decided that honoring a local professional woman would be a perfect fit with the ATHENA® Mission of “supporting, developing and honoring women leaders while inspiring women to achieve their full potential while creating balance in leadership worldwide!” This will be the third presentation in DuboisCounty. Jane Chappell was the recipient in 2012, and Brenda Stallings was the 2013 recipient.

Nominations for the local 2014 ATHENA Award® will be accepted until May 2, 2014. Nomination Forms may be downloaded at www.jasperrotary.com and finalists for the 2014 award will be announced by July 1, 2014. All finalists will be honored at the presentation dinner on August 21. The Jasper Rotary Club encourages all county business leaders to consider nominating an outstanding business woman for this award.

German American, Kimball International, MasterBrand Cabinets, and MemorialHospital and HealthCareCenter are the platinum sponsors of this event.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all locations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  In more than 162 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 rotary clubs.  The groups meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.  The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

For more information go to: www.rotary.org

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