Dr. Kit Evans Ford
Male Champion of Change Finalists
Andrea Conner, President
2019 Keynote Speaker
Andrea Conner is a change agent and strategic relationship builder. Through her success in global leadership roles spanning four countries, she promotes corporate social responsibility, leadership development, and gender equity.
As President of ATHENA International, Andrea leads the organization in its mission to support, develop and honor women leaders. In doing so, she brings an international approach and global awareness of the challenges facing women’s educational and equal opportunity advancement.
A servant to the global community, Andrea serves on the Board of the Sias International University Foundation that supports a private post-secondary school in rural China, and is a Governing Body Board Member for the Raleigh Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women. She is a consultant for the World Academy for the Future of Women and previously worked on assignment for United Nations Women-Beijing.
Andrea holds a master’s degree in Global Leadership from Duquesne University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Edinboro University. Currently residing in North Carolina, Andrea advocates fiercely for issues important to the advancement of the world’s women and global citizenship.
Registration and Networking
Presentation by Athena International CEO, Andrea Conner
ATHENA and Male Champion of Change Awards
VIP Reception with Award Recipients
What is an ATHENA Award?
The prestigious ATHENA Leadership Awards honors individual who demonstrate excellence creativity and initiative in their business or profession, who provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and who actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential. The ATHENA Award is a coveted honor and opportunity to recognize our peers who do so much to make the Quad Cities such a great place to work and live.
At the first Quad Cities ATHENA Awards in 2006, there were two driving forces: the desire to recognize outstanding leaders in the region; and, the belief in raising up and honoring today’s women leaders who encourage others to reach for the stars.
The mission of ATHENA International is to support, develop and honor women leaders, to inspire women to achieve their full potential, and to create a balance in leadership worldwide. Since 1982, more than 6,000 ATHENA Awards and Global ATHENA Leadership Awards have been presented by ATHENA International in more than 500 communities in the U.S., Canada, Russia, china, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
What is a MALE CHAMPION OF CHANGE?
In 2014, the First Male Champion of Change Awards was created for the simple fact that more decent, powerful men needed to be recognized for stepping up beside women in building a gender equal community. Gender equality is an issue of international economic and social importance and for far too long women alone have led the way advocating for and achieving hard-won improvements when so many men hold the power and influence to help advance this work. This starts with those male leaders who are willing to step up, work together, listen, learn and lead with action. By honoring these men, we hope to encourage others to take notice of their leadership and the positive impact gender diversity has had in their organizations.
ATHENA Awards - CLOSED
Nominations are sought from the community, and must meet and excel in the following four areas:
All nominees go through a selection process and then five (5) finalist 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 - CLOSED
Nominations are sought from the community, and must meet and excel in the following areas:
All nominees go through a selection process and then five (5) finalist are chosen, who are tasked with writing an essay to be used in the final selection process of the MALE CHAMPION OF CHANGE Recipient.
-Lisa Killinger, Palmer College (2018 ATHENA Honoree)
-John Anderson, President/CEO-Quad City Bank & Trust
-LuAnn Haydon, 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient