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Athena Valley of the Sun is Offering a New Way for Business Women to Lead and Shatter the Glass Ceiling

Athena Valley of the Sun is launching a leadership development program aimed at helping women lead more authentically which in turn will help them be more successful in their business ventures. The program is built around a leadership model that identifies 8 distinct attributes natural to women leaders. By learning and incorporating this leadership model into their work life, women will be more successful and will finally be able to shatter the glass ceiling.

Phoenix, AZ, November 25, 2018 --( Athena Valley of the Sun has unveiled a new leadership training program based on how women genuinely lead. The Athena Leadership Model, developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership and is the basis of the program’s teaching.

The research, conducted in the late 1990s, surveyed over 400 Athena Leadership Award recipients across the United States. The Athena Leadership Award honors women or men who attain professional excellence and community service and who are actively assisting women in their achievement of professional excellence and leadership skills. The study looked at various aspects of how the participants achieved their success, including what made them effective in challenging circumstances, how they built their teams and how they uncovered their core values. According to Martha Mertz, founder of Athena International, “the participants didn’t see themselves as leaders. They were not drawing on knowledge from leadership courses or training. The study was designed to uncover the intuitive way women accomplish great things.”

Eight attributes derived from the research are: live authentically, learn constantly, advocate fiercely, act courageously, foster collaboration, build relationships, give back and celebrate.

According to Mertz, “Traditionally, leadership is hierarchical, like a ladder. Everyone is ranked according to title and position, the people at the top having the most authority and power."

Mertz added, “In contrast, the Athena Leadership Model is like a circle, people working side by side with a focus on the project rather than the importance of any individual. This is how women naturally thrive.”

This program, called Champions of Change, offers women the opportunity to develop their unique leadership style within the context of the Athena Leadership model.

Valley of the Sun Founder, Dr. Kristine Quade is committed to the program and expects it to improve the lives of Valley women. “It provides the opportunity to customize it to the needs and experiences of the participants,” she said. “Everyone is on their own leadership journey and to help move women forward, we need to start where they are.”

Athena Valley of the Sun (Avos) is dedicated to female leadership development to position women for success in business and career, life and community endeavors. Avos offers a range of programs to young women in high school and college who are just newer to their roles in leadership and more robust programs to women in work and community service positions. The organizational goal is to leave no woman leader behind.
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