ATHENA Women's Leadership Awards.

Recognizing outstanding female leaders in the Quad Cities region.

Quad Cities ATHENA Leadership Awards
Do you know a woman in the Quad Cities that consistently supports, develops, and honors women leaders? Does she inspire other women to achieve their full potential? Does she strive to create balance in leadership? It is our desire to recognize the outstanding female leaders in this region and honor those who encourage others to reach for the stars.

Each year, Women Lead Change recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of women in the Quad Cities community. In addition to the ATHENA Leadership Award, you can also nominate a woman in the categories of Women of Influence and Emerging Leaders.

Please submit your nominations by Aug. 15, 2022. 

Provide specific examples of how the nominee has demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession.
Provide specific examples of how the nominee has provided service to the community, including local, state, national, etc. Include length of service and offices held.
Provide specific examples of how the nominee has assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential, and/or demonstrated support for their professional advancement.
Provide any additional information you believe is important for consideration. Include awards, honors, publications, articles, and/or testimonials.
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2021 Award Recipients 

ATHENA Leadership Award Honoree sponsored by Bank of America

  • Elaine Kresse, Retired Educator, Community Activist


Women of Influence Award Honorees sponsored by Lexus

  • Katie Castillo-Wilson, Founder & CEO, TapOnIt
  • Juliet Christenson, Director, Product Strategy and Development, Royal Neighbors of America
  • Katie Marchik, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, UnityPoint Health-Trinity
  • Jazmin Newton-Butt, Attorney at Law, Newton Law PLC
  • Monica Smith, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,  Augustana College
  • Sarah Stevens, Community Impact Officer, The Beautifull Project


Emerging Leader Award Honorees sponsored by Quad City Bank & Trust

  • Haley DeGreve, Communication Specialist, John Deere
  • Alanna Rumler, Certified Financial Planner, Northwestern Mutual



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