ATHENA Leadership Award Nominations are Now OPEN!

ATHENA nominations 10.20

Nominate an inspiring leader by October 20, 2023

For more than 20 years, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce has presented the ATHENA Leadership Award in Denver. The ATHENA Leadership Award is awarded to a Colorado woman or man who demonstrates the qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model and who:

  • Has achieved the highest level of professional excellence.
  • Contributes time and energy to improve quality of life for others.
  • Actively assists women and historically marginalized people in realizing their full leadership potential.

Please submit nominations and required supplemental materials by 5pm on October 20, 2023. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of CWCC members and previous winners.

Previous ATHENA Winners

2022: Lauren Casteel, Women’s Foundation of Colorado; 2021: Kelly Brough, MSU Denver, 2020: Michelle Lucero, Children’s Hospital Colorado, 2019: Christine Benero, Mile High United Way, 2018: Donna Lynne, Former Lt. Governor, Colorado, 2017: Jean Galloway, Prosono, 2016: Dr. Dorothy Horrell, University of Colorado, 2015: Pat Cortez, Wells Fargo


Plus, Join Us for the Celebration: December 7th, 2023 @ 5:30pm 

The ATHENA Leadership Award will be presented at the last Powerful Voices Conversation Series, presented by Bank of America, on December 7th! Join your CWCC Community to honor the 2023 ATHENA Leadership Award winner. 

Hear from a special keynote Powerful Voice – Molly Bloom, Subject of the Oscar-nominated film, “Molly’s Game”, Bestselling Author, U.S. Ski Team Alum, and Host of Award-Winning Podcast, “Torched.”

When it comes to resilience, reinvention, and re-setting mindsets to achieve your vision, Molly’s life storytelling provides a playbook for success that is as actionable as it is inspiring.

Event Highlights…

  • Special Keynote Address by Molly Bloom, subject of the Oscar-nominated film, Molly’s Game – she’ll share her story of triumph, ruin, and redemption!
  • Fireside chat with Simone Ross and the 2023 ATHENA Leadership Award winner
  • Festive Drinks, Appetizers, and Music
  • Community and Conversation
  • Spectacular vistas from the 38th Floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel – Pinnacle Club

Just think of all the bright lights…we’re talking about the views, the speakers, AND the company!

Sponsorship are available! Contact Meaghan at for more details!

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