ATHENA Leadership Program

weVENTURE WBC is proud to host the ATHENA Leadership Program for a seventh year! Today, the ATHENA Leadership Model can help women transform their leadership skills and empower them to step up during these times of economic turmoil, and a worldwide movement for economic and racial justice, to be the leaders we need them to be. 

Based on the eight ATHENA principles of enlightened leadership identified by ATHENA International, this course is designed to help emerging female leaders grow in confidence and clarity of purpose. Participants read and discuss the book, Becoming ATHENA by Martha Mertz, and each class session is a dedicated deep dive into one of the principles.

This program aims to cultivate women on their personal growth journey while inspiring them to connect and share with others. The goal of each session is to encourage personal growth while learning from and supporting others. Sessions feature a diverse group of successful women business leaders from the Space and Treasure Coasts as guest speakers and panelists. Participants learn from these inspiring women as they share their own stories and leadership lessons.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Small Businesses 

Now more than ever, businesses are looking for tangible ways to diversify their workforce and equip emerging leaders with the tools they need to rise into management roles. 

Sponsoring an emerging leader from your business is a great way to invest in her career development and connect her to the weVENTURE and ATHENA network of women.   The Women’s Leadership Enrichment Program aims to provide supplemental ongoing experimental learning and enrichment opportunities during and after participants in the ATHENA Leadership Series learn core curriculum competencies. 

2024 Program Details

2024 Brevard Cohort: In this 8-month program, the cohort meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. Apr. 25; May 23; Jun. 27; Jul. 25; Aug. 22; Sep. 26; Oct. 24; Nov. 12, December TBD.  All sessions are from 8:30am-10:30am at Florida Tech's Center for Aeronautics and Innovation, 1050 W. Nasa Blvd, Melbourne.  Kathryn Rudloff, weVENTURE Executive Director and Certified ATHENA International trainer will be facilitating the Brevard Cohort.  

While in-person attendance is suggested, accommodations to participate via Zoom are always available, making this fantastic program accessible to the busiest of working women. 

If we receive interest from at least 10 women in Indian River and St. Lucie Counties, we can confirm an in-person cohort on the Treasure Coast. Email us today if you would like to help bring this exceptional program to Indian River and St. Lucie Counties.  

Program cost: $700   

ATHENA participants will have access to:

  • coaching opportunities 
  • capacity building seminars 
  • group communications 
  • networking opportunities 
  • volunteer engagement through weVENTURE WBC

Participants in the program are also invited to join us at Strong Coffee Strong Women events and our 2024 IMPACT Summit in October at no extra cost.

Limited partial scholarships are made available by generous support from the Zonta Club of Melbourne, and private donors. Please inquire with weVENTURE WBC to learn more

Please contact us if you are interested.  

Jillian Leclerc

As an up-and-coming leader within the Florida Tech community, the skills I learned throughout last year's program have already helped me in advancing my career and creating positive changes within my team.

I left each month's meeting feeling empowered to go out into the community and share the Athena leadership values that lead to more healthy and productive workplaces.

2020 was a challenging year for everyone and having this network of supportive women to connect and share with on a consistent basis each month was a blessing - it could not have been better timing for us to participate in this program!”

Abby Hemenway

“One of the best investments I made in my professional growth was signing up for Athena NextGen. Meeting and connecting with other professional women in our community from all walks of life was really eye opening for me in evaluating how we all share the same struggles, highs, and lows, when it comes to making space for ourselves in the workforce.

Learning the Athena principles helped me navigate new ways to value my strengths and areas of opportunity, but best of all - this experience afforded me the chance to learn from like-minded women who were inspiring, supportive, and genuine.”

Caeley Looney

“I went into the program just hoping to absorb as much knowledge, tips, and leadership advice as I could; and I left not only with a diverse range of new skills to bring back to my organization but with a community of incredible, empowering women that I know I can continue to turn to and ask for help.

The level of empowering collaboration I witnessed in this program, even in a virtual setting, truly was something I never experienced before. I honestly believe that I am a much better leader today than I was when I first started in the ATHENA program, and I know that my organization is going to benefit from my ability to now make a bigger impact towards our mission.”

Jackie Noto

“I would highly recommend AthenaNextGen by weVENTURE to any leader. In my experience, this workshop is an interdisciplinary environment of supportive and inspirational women. I made valuable connections and learned skills that will further me in both my professional and personal life.”