The ATHENA Award honors the Denver woman who best exemplifies: exceptional professional achievement, devotion to community service and generosity in actively assisting other women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. A special panel of business and community leaders will choose the ATHENA Award finalists from nominations submitted by the Denver business community.
ATHENA Selection Committee
The selection committee is made up of business leaders including the past recipient of the award. The selection committee adheres to the guidelines provided by ATHENA International.
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Young Professionals Award
Young Professionals Award recognizes the efforts of an outstanding Colorado young professional woman who demonstrates significant accomplishments in her career and has contributed to the business community. This emerging leader pursues excellence and possesses leadership qualities, creativity, and demonstrates role model qualities. Additionally, she works to improve the quality of life of others through community service. To be eligible, a candidate must be a professional woman working in Colorado and must be 39 years of age or younger.
Company of the Year Awards
The Company of the Year Award honors companies that create a workplace culture that supports the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment for their employees who are women by: encouraging them to excel in the company, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. CWCC Company of the Year strives toward these efforts to create balance in their leadership teams.
Company of the Year recipients must meet each of the following criteria:
- Large Business: 600+ employees
- Medium Business: 51-600 employees
- Small Business: 50 employees or less
- Assist women in reaching their full leadership potential, through training, promotion, or programs specifically directed to support women employees
- Contract with women owned business for supplies and services
Non-Profit of the Year Award
The Non-Profit of the Year Award honors an organization that creates a workplace culture that supports the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment for their employees who are women by: encouraging them to excel in the company, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow, and pay women, minorities and men equally.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes the efforts of an outstanding Colorado female business owner who embodies the true entrepreneurial spirit of passion, expertise, determination, agility, courage, and commitment; and has demonstrated those abilities through successfully owning and operating her own business in Colorado for at least five years. This award shines a light on, and celebrates, the rapidly growing number of women business owners and their contributions to the Denver business market while impacting the community and serving as a role model for other women. She possesses a positive reputation and also works to improve the quality of life of others through community service.
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Champions of Change in Policy
This is a unique opportunity to show your community engagement and gain exposure to a diverse group of prominent lawmakers and community leaders. Associate your brand with leadership by honoring outstanding Colorado lawmakers for their leadership and the work they have done on behalf of women and business. In addition, we will honor all of Colorado's female legislator’s and Champions of Change for women. The event, held at the Governor's Mansion, provides attendees an opportunity to speak with lawmakers about issues that are important to them while acknowledging and showing appreciation for the important work they have done for women in our community.
Click here to see previous Lawmaker Awards and Champions of Change in Policy Award recipients
Top 25 Gala
The Top 25 Most Powerful Women will be honored at our Top 25 Gala. This Gala celebrates the accomplishments of the Top 25 Women in Denver and honors their work. These limitless leaders have gone above and beyond and become outstanding figures in our community.
2015 Top 25 Most Powerful Women
2015 Top 25 Success Video
2015 Top 25 Advice Video
2015 Top 25 Passions Video
2014 Top 25 Most Powerful Women
2014 Top 25 Video 1
2014 Top 25 Video 2
2014 Top 25 Video 3
2013 Top 25 Gala Video 1
2013 Top 25 Gala Video 2
2013 Top 25 Gala Video 3