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ATHENA Launches Aspiring Leaders Program

A new program is coming this fall to help foster the next generation of women leaders.

The ATHENA Women’s Interest Network, the professional development and networking division of ATHENA Lansing, is launching the Aspiring Leaders program in September. The program aims to cultivate leadership qualities through a structured, professionally facilitated framework and foster mentee-mentor relationships in business and the community.

“Staying true to our mission means responding to the ever-evolving needs of our membership.  We have identified an opportunity in our programming to reach a group we see as emerging leaders.  These are women in the early stages of their career with a desire to grow into leadership positions,” said Leslie Batchelor, board chair of ATHENA WIN. “In response, we created the Aspiring Leaders program.  This program contains two essential components—- developing leadership competencies through a professionally facilitated framework and mentorship — pairing an aspiring leader with an established leader for support and guidance along the way.  We are excited to launch this program as a way to both grow and give back to the women leaders in our community.”

ATHENA WIN is now accepting applications for both mentees and mentors for Aspiring Leaders. This initiative welcomes established women leaders eager to share their wisdom and experience, as well as aspiring leaders in the early stages of their careers. Interested candidates can visit to submit an application for more information.

The application deadline is July 15. The announcement of mentee/mentor pairs will take place Aug. 15. Mentees Aspiring Leaders program are required to have an ATHENA WIN membership. The six-month program will commence in September and conclude in March.