The ATHENA Awards

The Women’s Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, proudly brings the ATHENA Awards to the Greater Rochester Area each year, recognizing the success of outstanding businesswomen who excel in their profession, who are community leaders, and who mentor other women personally and professionally. The ATHENA Awards consist of the ATHENA Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Award®, and are the premier professional awards that acknowledge the success and accomplishments of our area’s most outstanding women leaders and up-and-coming leaders.

The ATHENA Award® recognizes women at the pinnacle of their careers. These are women leading businesses and organizations throughout the Greater Rochester Area and setting the course for the next generation of leaders to come. ATHENA women are CEOs, CFOs, presidents, partners, executive directors, and more. 

The ATHENA Young Professional Award®, launched by Women’s Council in Rochester in 2015, celebrates emerging female business leaders between the ages of 30-45. ATHENA Young Professionals are poised to take over high-level leadership roles and demonstrate that they are women-to-watch!

The ATHENA Awards are given out each January at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Nearly 800 people attend each year and learn more about the ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Awards finalists before the year’s overall recipient for each award is announced.

A portion of all proceeds from the luncheon go to sponsor the Women’s Council’s Young Women of Distinction Awards, which recognizes outstanding female high school seniors from the Greater Rochester Area.


Sponsorship and partnership opportunities are available for both the ATHENA Awards and the Young Women of Distinction Awards by contacting our Chamber Affiliate Liaison at 585-256-4644 or clicking the button to the right.