Andrea Connor, CEO/President of ATHENA International is slated as the keynote speaker. In her role as President, Connor leads ATHENA International in its mission to support, develop and honor women leaders. In doing so, she brings an international approach and global awareness of the challenges facing women’s educational and equal opportunity advancement.

The prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award honors an individual who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, who provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and who actively assists women in realizing their full leadership potential.

The Male Champion of Change Award recognizes a local male leader who is working to build a gender equal community and who is willing to step up, work together, listen, learn and lead with action.

Nominations for both awards will be accepted from Jan. 9, 2019, through noon on Feb. 15, 2019. Visit for information on the nomination process as it is released.  For additional information on available sponsorships, please contact Deanna Woodall, Director of Events  Quad Cities Regional Manager at  

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