ATHENA Leadership Program

weVENTURE WBC is proud to partner with the ATHENA Leadership Institute for an eighth 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 Principles of Enlightened Leadership™ identified by ATHENA International, this course is designed to help emerging female leaders grow in confidence and clarity of purpose. Each class session is a dedicated deep dive into one of the principles with engaing discussion and activities that cultivate women on their personal growth journey while inspiring them to connect and share with others. 




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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. 

Traditional leadership development is focused on teaching people management. However, we know management is very different than true leadership. Management-focused programs don’t teach individuals how to foster personal growth and development in themselves and others, or walk them through the process of self-discovery. ATHENA bridges this crucial gap.

Sponsoring an emerging leader from your business is a great way to invest in her career development and connect her to the weVENTURE WBC and ATHENA International network of women. This provides supplemental ongoing  enrichment opportunities during and after participants in the ATHENA Leadership Program learn core curriculum competencies. 

Invest in Emerging Female Leaders at Florida Tech

This leadership training empowers our next generation of leaders by inspiring college-age  participants (undergraduate and graduate) along their journey of self-discovery helping them to cultivate their authenticleadership style. It serves as a springboard for dynamic discussions and activities focused on cultivating vital interpersonal skills, including effective communication, interviewing, presentation, networking, and negotiation.

This unique blend of self-reflection, skill refinement, and mentorship opportunities aims to equip participants with essential workforce skills, preparing them to thrive in their future pursuits. By encouraging these young leaders to embrace and assert their voices, the training empowers them to make a positive impact on their surroundings. 

Each year, Zonta of Melbourne provides 2 scholarships to Florida Tech students to participate in the Athena Leadership Program.  If you are interested in sponsoring a student scholarship, contact today.  Or, sponsor a student cohort (10 women) and help expand this impactful program throughout campus. 

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 each class. 

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.  

Mel Thomas

ATHENA was a transformative experience. Despite my busy schedule, the low time commitment of the course made it incredibly manageable to balance alongside my other commitments. As course instructor, Kathryn Rudloff was not only knowledgeable but also engaging, providing insights that were both enlightening and applicable to real-world scenarios.

One of the most valuable aspects of the ATHENA course was its focus on practical professional applications. Each lesson was structured to equip us with skills and strategies that could be immediately implemented in our respective fields. Additionally, the connections made with fellow classmates proved to be invaluable. Through collaborative discussions and networking opportunities, I was able to forge meaningful relationships with like-minded professionals, fostering a supportive community that continues to inspire and motivate me even after the course was over.

ATHENA surpassed my expectations, offering a convenient and enriching learning experience. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to enhance their skills, expand their network, and advance their career.

Christina Brown

The ATHENA program is a comprehensive review of leadership principles that is good for anyone starting or far along on their leadership journey. It definitely reminded me of many things I needed to get back on track with on running my small business.

Christina Brown - Owner Roses Are Red & Violets In Bloom Florists

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.”

Robyn Hattaway

The ATHENA program is the perfect dose of professional and personal development for this working mom! I was able to invest in myself and build my network within the busy confines of school drop-offs and work meetings. The program balanced networking opportunities, engaging speakers, and reasonable exercises in your personal time to get the most out of the program. Like any course or conference, you get out what you put in. I encourage you to take time to meet everyone and be your courageous self!