Developing women leaders from the classroom to the boardroom™

ATHENA Valley of the Sun is a nonprofit organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through leadership programs and community development.

Our Mission

ATHENA Valley of the Sun (AVOS) is dedicated to leadership development as a foundation to position women for success in business and career, life and community endeavors.

ATHENA Principles

  • Live Authentically
  • Learn Constantly
  • Build Relationships
  • Foster Collaboration
  • Advocate Fiercely
  • Act Courageously
  • Give Back
  • Celebrate


ATHENA Valley of the Sun embraces these principles as we strive to develop and support strong women leaders in community, career and all aspects of life.

We Develop Leaders

The ATHENA Leadership Model identifies eight principles that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, Courageous Acts,Collaboration, Relationships, Giving Back, Celebration and Joy.

These personal traits that are more intuitive to women, and combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership – taking risks, assertiveness, hard work – prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st century.

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Patricia Whorton – Learns Constantly

Patricia Whorton – Learns Constantly

Patricia always dreamt of becoming a REALTOR®; however, she took a safer path in corporate America for many years only to discovered she was accepting security for fulfillment, so she took the plunge and became a REALTOR®. She is a solo agent with Keller Williams...

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ATHENA Member – Carrie Smith – Fosters Collaboration

Carrie Smith has spent the last 27 years working for the Foundation for Senior Living (FSL). Carrie started her career as a social worker with FSL fresh out of college. FSL’s mission is to provide affordable housing and home and community-based services that promotes...

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Kaleigh Williams – Program Director of PowerLink

Kaleigh Williams – Program Director of PowerLink

Kaleigh Williams is the Program Director of ATHENA AVOS PowerLink program. Kaleigh's background in organizational development and her belief in others, equips her to coach others in personal and professional growth. Kaleigh’s mindset is that business ventures have a...

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