February 5, 2020 | Bettendorf, IA | Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center

2020 ATHENA + Male Champion of Change Awards

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11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Doors Open

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Athena & Male Champion Luncheon & Awards

ATHENA Honorees: Trish Tague Burnett, Heidi Huiskamp Collins, Rene Gellerman, Jan Pomije
Male Champion Honoree: James von Maur


Nominations for 2020 are now closed.

Nominations are sought from the community, and must meet and excel in the following four areas:

  • Be a leader in her business or profession
  • Be a role model/mentor to other women in not only her profession but her community
  • Display creativity and innovation and contribute these talents to the growth of her profession
  • Contribute time and energy to community betterment 

All nominees go through a selection process and then five (5) finalists are chosen who are tasked with writing an essay to be used in the final selection process of the ATHENA Recipient. The integrity of the entire nomination and selection process is taken very seriously as we hold up the talented women in the Quad Cities with ATHENA’s from all around the world.

Male Champion of Change Awards

Nominations for 2020 are now closed.

Nominations are sought from the community, and must meet and excel in the following areas:

  • Exhibit exceptional commitment to the acceleration of women in leadership
  • Utilizes his influence, talents, and abilities to enhance gender diversity

All nominees go through a selection process and then one (1) recipient is awarded.

Past ATHENA Award Honorees & Recipients:


Recipient: Gwen Tombergs

Honorees: Nancy Ballenger, Dr. Kit Ford, Janet Sichterman, Dr. Heidi Storl


Recipient: LuAnn Haydon

Honorees: Amy Nimmer, Monica Forret, Chris McCormick Pries, Dr. Lisa Killinger


Recipient: Nancy Renkes

Honorees: Dee Bruemmer, Beth Darnell, Dr. Ann O'Donnell, Donna Young


Recipient: Maggie Tinsman

Honorees: Tara Barney, Colleen Rafferty, Tracy Schwind, Linda Wastyn


Recipient: Dr. Ida Johnson

Honorees: Dr. Nancy Hayes, Jodie Kavensky, Natalie Linville-Mass, Kathleen Repass, Kathy Wine


Recipient: Mary Ellen Chamberlain

Honorees; Teri Johnson, Meg Schebler, Laura Swift


Recipient: Sarah Lande

Honorees: Joy Boruff, Angela Moody, Heidi Parkhurst


Recipient: Gayle Roberts

Honorees: Diane Campbell, Carmen Darland, Kelli Grubbs, Pat Shouse, Sally Welvaert


Recipient: Sister Joan Lescinski

Honorees: Julie Bechtel, Denise Bulat, Caroline Ruhl, Jackie Staron, Ginny Wilson-Peters


Honorees: Stephanie Acri, Linda Duffy, Jennifer Rowe, Cynthia Tidwell


Honorees: Dr. Lisa Brothers Arbisser, Kim Armstrong, Cheri Bustos, Linda Neuman, Dana Wilkinson


Honorees: Mary Junck, Christy Kunz, Jan Masamoto, Linda Newborn, Heidi Schultz


Honorees: Michelle Gau, Roxanne Kramer, Mary Lagerblade, Diane Nelson, 


Honorees: Pamela Fisher, Denise Spindel, Dr. Barbara Suelter, Cathie Whiteside, Marie Ziegler

"I attended the 2018 ATHENA and Male Champion of Change awards program. First of all, the room was strikingly beautiful and the dinner was great. But, the most amazing thing was just being in a room full of so many local leaders among women and men of the Quad Cities, hearing their stories, and learning about all of the great work being done in our area. The keynote address was more than inspiring. I hope to attend this event in future years!”


"Women Lead Change has become the organization that showcases the talented ATHENA’s that our Quad Cities has always had…but, now our ATHENA’s are getting the proper recognition for the amazing leadership, skill and talent they give back to our community 24/7/365."


"I would like to thank Women Lead Change for the platform they provided to host the Male Champion of Change and the ATHENA Awards banquet. The event was even more than I had anticipated with a perfect venue and an outstanding program. I think I can speak for not only myself but everyone who joined us that evening in saying how inspirational the event was. Thank you again and truly looking forward to next year's event."


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