ATHENA Nomination Guidelines


Accepting nominations 7/29/2020 – 9/30/2020 for 2021 HAIL Awards

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.


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

Nominations – You are able to nominate one individual for one ATHENA Leadership principle.

Women who are nominated will be contacted and required to write:

A 500-750 words essay sharing “Her Story” illustrating the Athena principle selected. Be concise, thorough, and provide specific examples. The more thorough the responses the stronger the option for candidacy.

 Live Authentically 

  • Stays true to self, is aligned with her values, and her behavior reflects her value-based compass
  • Steps forward to serve with insight, compassion and wisdom
  • Demonstrates integrity and consistent principled behavior
  • Reflects on shortcomings, and seeks opportunities for improvement
  • Bravely faces reality, is willing to see with clarity and discernment and stands alone if necessary
  • Is aware of what makes up her identity, including warts and all

 Learn Constantly

  • Wise enough to understand that she does not know everything
  • Passionately engages in self-improvement
  • Seeks learning opportunities to optimize her full potential and adversities
  • Excited to explore greater or new issues and seeks ways to discover and understand
  • Open and willing to explore the unknown.  Willing and able to accept what she doesn’t know. Not all knowing.

 Build Relationships

  • Acts as a conduit to connect ideas, projects and people in her chosen circle of influence
  • Ability to see strengths and gifts in others they may not see and connects collective talent for the greater good
  • Extends herself to others personally and professionally
  • Helps others discover and develop behavioral, communication, leadership, and technical skills to create, produce and persevere
  • Lives by the principle that people desire to do good work in relationships with colleagues
  • Honors and supports others to be fully who they can be

Foster Collaboration

  • Is able to see and integrate the strengths, passion and mission of two or more parties and bring them together for a unified goal
  • Actively seeks partnerships, new options, methods and ideas to manifest greater results
  • Becomes a Change Agent for better results and improved methods
  • Encourages teamwork, transparency and building bridges across factions and silos
  • Inclusive of others in visioning, strategy and problem-solving.
  • Acknowledges, appreciates, and recruits the contributions of others, and other organizations

Advocate Fiercely

  • Takes a stand for what is right and leaves her mark
  • Passionate in making a difference for women, and women-related causes
  • Confident, competent, capable of using her beliefs and skills in a cause to achieve extraordinary results.
  • Advocates for personal, professional, and community causes without fear and prejudice, engaging in crucial conversations.
  • Doesn’t view roadblocks as a stopping point, but as an opportunity to find a new solution

Act Courageously

  • Creates steps to move forward in her personal, professional life that may seem difficult or unachievable
  • Fearless in their quest to move forward and make a difference
  • Moves through fear and confronts reality head-on for the benefit of self and others, chooses not to sit on the sidelines.
  • Takes appropriate action when others might hesitate, develops a plan and steps forward without looking back
  • Acts purposefully, bravely in spite of perceived odds or obstacles

Selection Procedure

Members of the ATHENA Valley of the Sun Leadership Team and Awards Committee make selections of semi-finalists. A panel of community leaders will interview the finalists. The Awards Committee will select the recipient. The recipient will be notified once the selections have been made. All nomination information provided to the Committee becomes the property of ATHENA Valley of the Sun.

The HONORING ATHENA INSPIRED LEADERS celebration event to honor the Award recipients will be held in the Spring.


Nominations must be completed by 5:00pm on 9/30/2020.

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