Award Description and Eligibility

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The ATHENA® Award program celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. The ATHENA® Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment… women and men who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who open paths so that others may follow.

The ATHENA®Foundation is a nationally known organization which recognizes individuals that assist women in reaching their full potential. The Lancaster Chamber has a license to distribute this award. The Lancaster County recipient must be employed by a business/organization that is an active member in good standing of The Lancaster Chamber. A potential award recipient should be prepared to represent the award in the form of a presentation to a Chamber audience.

Selection Criteria and Definition

  1. Assisting Women in Leadership (30% total score)
    Verified indications of assisting women to improve their position in the business arena noted by personal time and energy devoted to mentoring; recommending women for advancement; involvement in women’s issues and organizations; and pursuing equity of women in business positions.
  2. Professional Accomplishments (15% total score)
    Current accomplishments evidenced by special recognition, projects and achievements - as applicable to the individual’s professional position. Include business-related affiliations, directorships, trusteeships or other designations.
  3. Community Service (20% total score)
    Evidence of contribution and involvement in the community, investment of financial and other resources such as time; talent; materials; facilities and equipment; involvement of self; and ability to draw others to a support community service.
  4. Chamber Service (10% total score)
    Evidence of contribution of time and talent to the chamber. Support of chamber functions through involvement, leadership and sponsorship activities. Influencing others within your organization to become actively involved in The Chamber.
  5. Professionalism (25% total score)
    Demonstrates an understanding of the diverse work environment and how people relate professionally. Respects and embraces the contributions of others. Ability to project a professional image and manner in business activities.

Rating Guidelines

Please rate all nominees on a scale of 1 to 6 (1 to 2 being low, 3 to 4 being mid-point, 5 to 6 being high), using the comments below as a guide.

1. Assisting Women in Leadership (30% total score)

Low
Assists staff to advance to better positions by offering counsel, training, and encouragement. Attends programs to learn more about women’s issues.

Mid-point
Actively mentors women not in his/her employ, on committees to advance women’s issues, recommends and represents women to others to further their business leadership positions.

High
Develops/heads programs for women including mentoring, advancement of women’s issues in business, represents women regarding legislative issues, does public speaking on women’s issues (not as part of current business position).

2. Professional Accomplishments (15% total score)

Low
Has demonstrated accomplishments in professional endeavors.

Mid-point
Accomplishments officially recognized by employer or via business growth, if owner. Pursues continuing education to stay abreast of current industry trends.

High
Current accomplishments noted in terms of official recognition, projects and achievements given on a regional or national scale (or of an exceptional nature). Is a leader and trendsetter in his/her given industry noted by recognition and/or business success.

3. Community Service (20% total score)

Low
Contributes financially or with personal time/talent.

Mid-point
Contributes financially or with personal time/talent. On committee for local charity or community service project.

High
Contributes financially or with personal time/talent. Draws others into community service activities. Has volunteer leadership position (board level) in community service organization.

4. Chamber Service (10% total score)

Low
Attends and encourages others to attend Chamber functions.

Mid-point
Demonstrated volunteer service to The Chamber. On Chamber committee. Regularly attends Chamber functions. If business leader, supports (with money and time) staff involvement at functions.

High
Board level position or Chamber Ambassador. Leadership abilities with programs noted. Regularly attends Chamber functions. If business leader, supports staff involvement in volunteer positions.

5. Professionalism (25% total score)

Low
Does not project an image consistent with the ATHENA® tenets.

Mid-point
Understands the nature of a diverse work environment and how people relate professionally. Projects a professional image. Actions support some of the ATHENA® tenets.

High
Routinely recognizes the unique contributions of others. Projects a professional image. Has the ability to make professional presentations. Would be an excellent ambassador of this award for The Chamber and is willing to volunteer time to this. Actions support the ATHENA® tenets.

The ATHENA® Leadership Model is comprised of eight core tenets:

  1. Authentic Self:
    Understanding who you are – your values, beliefs and thoughts. Honoring your uniqueness. Accepting personal responsibility for your actions.
  2. Celebration & Joy:
    Appreciating and acknowledging your accomplishments. Looking forward to your life with a sense of hope and purpose.
  3. Collaboration:
    Reaching out beyond what you can achieve on your own. Working in unison with others, while celebrating diverse points of view, ideas and actions.
  4. Courageous Acts:
    Standing up and standing firm in the face of fear. Taking risks to speak the truth or challenge the way things have always been done.
  5. Fierce Advocacy:
    Supporting and acting on your passion for people, causes or ideas. Creating an unstoppable force for the greater good.
  6. Giving Back:
    Serving the greater good. Committing to help your personal community of family, friends and peers as well as the global village at large.
  7. Learning:
    Challenging yourself to listen and be open to what is new and unfamiliar. Expanding and developing your knowledge, skills and experiences. Teaching others.
  8. Relationships:
    Connecting with and embracing others. Appreciating the gifts and talents of different people in your life.

 

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