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NOMINATION INFORMATION

ATHENA 2017 AWARDS CELEBRATION OCCURED ON APRIL 4, 2017

 

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IN THE MEANTIME CONSIDER THE WOMEN LEADERS THAT YOU KNOW AND WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE FOR 2018.  CHECK BACK HERE IN OCTOBER FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

Nomination Guidelines

ATHENA Valley of the Sun differentiates itself by focusing on WHO women are and NOT on what they DO. Athena Awards Nominees will be measured using this focus.

Please read these instructions carefully. The Selection Committee will consider adherence to these guidelines and procedures when evaluating nominations. The more specific you are when responding to each question, the stronger your candidacy.

 

Eligibility

 

The ATHENA Leadership Award program recognizes women who consistently live and demonstrate, at the highest level, one or more of the ATHENA Leadership Principles.

To be considered a candidate for an award, the nominee must excel in accordance with an ATHENA Leadership Principle and be of the caliber to serve as a role model and mentor. The expectation is the nominee will be available to mentor an individual within one of the event Sponsors’ organizations for the period of one year.

The nominee will live, work, or influence the East Valley communities (Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert or Scottsdale.)

Nominations will be evaluated with considerable attention given to the nominee’s impact resulting from living these principles. Activities in support of political candidates or ballot initiatives will not be considered when evaluating nominees.

 

Nomination Form Guidelines

  • Writing Prompt: In 500-750 words, craft “Her Story” illustrating the Athena principle represented by the nominee. Be concise, thorough. and provide specific examples. The more thorough the responses the stronger the option for candidacy.  Include the required criteria below:
    • COMPELLING WHY: Many women will be nominated but our aim is to look deeper into the heart, the soul, and the driving passion of the nominee. What sparked her passion? What drives her purpose? What drives her mission? What distinguishes her from others? What drives her to lead as she does? Why does she do what she does so well?
    • EXEMPLIFIES/MODELS: What behaviors/ actions are modeled, personally and professionally, that exemplify the Athena principle? Be mindful that the Selection Committee members may know little, if anything, about your nominee and her achievements and impacts.
    • IMPACT: How has living out the Athena principle impacted others in a “Pay it forward” fashion individually, organizationally, locally, nationally, globally? Was impact sustained over time?
  • Nominations-If you are nominating an individual for multiple ATHENA Leadership principles, a separate and unique nomination form and story is required to support each principle.

HAIL AWARDS CATEGORIES

Live Authentically (not false or copied; genuine; real)  

  • Demonstrates personal and professional integrity
  • Stays true to self, is aligned with her values, and adheres to professional code of ethics
  • She knows who she is and knows where she stands
  • She maintains a code of ethics
  • She transparently interacts with others with high emotional intelligence
Learn Constantly  

  • Listens to others and hears what they are saying
  • Curious about others and what they know and experience
  • Passionately engages in absorbing new materials, ideas, constructs, and themes
  • Strives for self-improvement and proactively engages in self development
  • Seeks to be aware of organizational impact
Build Relationships  

  • Represents herself genuinely with others regardless of their position
  • Extends herself to others personably and professionally
  • Aware of the strengths in herself and the strengths in others
  • Her ego is not the message and peers know where they stand with her
  • Accepts herself and others, and helps others build relationships
Foster Collaboration  

  • Invests in quality of outcome involving others, and builds trust
  • Asks others for their opinion, seeks feedback, and listens
  • Inclusive of others in visioning & strategy & problem solving
  • Realizes that silos are not effective and encourages teamwork
  • Considers the human aspects and elements of decisions
Advocate Fiercely  

  • She leaves her mark and takes a stand for what is right
  • Hold people and herself accountable
  • Empowers people and gives credit to others
  • Not afraid to make big requests on behalf of others
  • Speaks openly and justly regarding fairness and equality
Act Courageously  

  • She knows how to manage fear and confronts reality head-on
  • She supports and promotes a brighter future with positivity
  • She encourages change in self and others and engages in crucial conversations to move through issues
  • Takes action on performance issues
  • Leads and implements change effectively — and moves forward