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athena international women’s leadership program

in collaboration with athena international, the olivet college athena international women’s leadership program provides a yearlong program designed to prepare students for leadership opportunities during their higher education experience and beyond. current students who identify as women are invited to apply.

participants receive leadership training utilizing the athena leadership model, which athena international developed through a grant from the w.k. kellogg foundation. this program was developed by leadership experts and based on surveys of hundreds of athena award recipients. it is designed to prepare college women for leadership in higher education and beyond. grounded in research, this programis based on eight core principles that inspire women to reach their potential:

  • live authentically: leaders know their values and remain true to them.
  • learn constantly: leaders seek knowledge.
  • build relationships: leaders engage, empower and trust.
  • foster collaboration: leaders welcome others to the work of leadership.
  • advocate fiercely: leaders champion what they believe is right.
  • act courageously: leaders dare.
  • give back: leaders serve.
  • celebrate: leaders remember and rejoice.

each principle of the model is presented and facilitated by members of the oc women’s leadership institute advisory council, comprised of prominent women leaders, many of whom are athena award recipients. this program meets the needs of emerging leaders and speaks convincingly to women leaders who will head the organizations of the future.

  • 100% of program survey respondentstated that the program helped them gain more leadership effectiveness, selfconfidence and knowledge.
  • program participants also learned more selflove, selfcare and selfawareness while feeling prepared to take on future leadership roles.

 who is eligible? current freshman, sophomore, junior and transfer students who identify as women.

apply now to be considered for the 2020-21 cohort. the deadline to apply is august 21, 2020.


please contact jamilia johnson, women’s leadership institute coordinator at jamjohnson@olivetcollege.edu.