ATHENA International is a nonprofit organization with the goal of supporting, developing, and honoring women leaders.The organization seeks to create balance in leadership worldwide and inspire women to achieve their full potenial. Since the program’s inception in 1982, nearly 6,000 leaders in more than 500 communities have received the ATHENA Award®.


  • Barb Daum - Director of Quality/Project Executive at Skanska
  • Danyelle Granger - Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Director at Old National Bank
  • Beth McFadin Higgins - Attorney and partner at McFadin Higgins & Folz
  • Christine Keck - Director of Government Affairs for Vectren
  • Lynn Kyle - Executive Director of Lampion Center
  • Chris Ryan - CEO of The Women’s Hospital
  • Lisa Slade - President of AlphaGraphics
  • Amy Word Smith - Owner and Founder of Lamasco’s Bar & Grill and The Dapper Pig
  • Lori Sutton - Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Equity for Vectren
  • Stephanie Terry - Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Evansville
  • Kendra Vanzo - Executive Vice President, Associate Engagement & Integration Officer at Old National Bank
  • Connie Wellmeyer - General Manager of Corporate Planning at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana

The recipient of the 2018 ATHENA Award® will be announced at the 27th annual ATHENA Award® Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Old National Events Plaza in Downtown Evansville.