2020 Michigan ATHENA Conference

Susan Packard, Co-founder of HGTV and alumna of Michigan State University is the Keynote Speaker for our 2020 Michigan ATHENA Conference!

Save the date as you don't want to miss out on the opportunity to hear from such a phenomenal leader!

Learn. Collaborate. Network. 

We hope you will join Michigan ATHENA and the Michigan Chamber Foundation for the annual Michigan ATHENA luncheon on May 14, 2020 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. This conference is an opportunity for women and men to learn, collaborate and network with professionals from all parts of Michigan.


8:00 a.m.Networking and Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m.Panel Discussions
11:45 a.m.Lunch and Keynote Speaker, Susan Packard
1:00 p.m. Close

Who Should Attend

The event is a networking and recognition opportunity for women leaders across the state including past and present ATHENA recipients, recognized community leaders and influential women, board members and supporters. Attendees are encouraged to bring an emerging leader to participate in the discussion and to network with established women leaders.

Attendee Benefits

  • Established leaders network with a statewide group of peers and emerging leaders
  • Established leaders identify, support and mentor emerging leaders
  • Participation in roundtable and panel discussions about community recognition for women and leadership development opportunities 
  • Hear from cofounder of HGTV Susan Packard


Early-bird registration is coming soon!  

Interested in Sponsoring?

If you are interested in partnering with us as a sponsor for our annual ATHENA conference, please contact Ashley Keimach at akeimach@michamber.com.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.  

What is ATHENA?

Founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz while serving on the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders. The program inspires women to reach their full potential and strives to create balance in leadership worldwide. Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in 8 countries.

The ATHENA Leadership Model identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: living authentically, learning constantly, advocating fiercely, acting courageously, fostering collaboration, building relationships, giving back and celebrating. These personal traits that are more intuitive to women, and combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership - taking risks, assertiveness, hard work - prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st century.

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ATHENA Programs 

Award Recipients

Since 1982, over 200 outstanding women leaders have received the ATHENA Award. Take a moment to review the list.

ATHENA recipients

Past ATHENA Award Recipients at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce & Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation honoring Martha Mertz.