ATHENA Leadership Series
The ATHENA Leadership Series at weVENTURE WBC is a program that we are proud to bring back for a sixth 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 are led by weVENTURE Executive Director, Kathryn Rudloff, and 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.
2023 Program Details
This is an eight-month program where individuals attend one session each month. While in-person attendance is suggested, accomodations to Zoom in are always available. Program cost: $700
2023 Brevard Cohort: Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. Apr. 27; May 25; Jun. 22; Jul. 27; Aug. 24; Sep. 28; Oct. 6*; Nov. 16, 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.
2023 Treasure Coast Cohort: will meet weekly, April - June. Apr. 6, 13, 20 & 27; May 4, 11, 18 & 25; Jun. 1 & 8 at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Crystal Morris, CEO, One Caring Adult and Certified ATHENA International trainer, will be facilitating the Treasure Coast Cohort.
Thank you to PNC Bank for sponsoring the ATHENA program in 2023!
ATHENA participants will have access to:
- coaching opportunities
- capacity building seminars
- group communications
- networking opportunities
- volunteer engagement through weVENTURE WBC
Limited partial scholarships are made available by generous support from the Zonta Club of Melbourne, PNC Bank and private donors. Please inquire with weVENTURE WBC to learn more.
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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!”
“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.”