President, ATHENA International
Andrea Conner is the President of ATHENA International, a global non-profit organization dedicated to developing, supporting and honoring women leaders “from the classroom to the boardroom.” Since 1982, ATHENA International has expanded its footprint to 48 states and 11 countries through its leadership training, entrepreneurial advisory boards and awards. These programs feature the ground- breaking research in the ATHENA Leadership Model®, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which underscores the Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership and the unique way that women lead. Over 7,300 individuals are recipients of the ATHENA Leadership award and include our highest-ranking government officials, CEOs of publicly traded companies, professional and Olympic athletes, celebrities, filmmakers, journalists and Presidents of prestigious universities. Andrea has worked tirelessly to achieve the ATHENA International vision – to create balance in the voices of leadership worldwide. Since taking on the President’s role in 2016, she has grown the organization’s strategic partnerships, co- launched the Women Really Mean Business podcast and advocated to increase the number of women in STEM careers through ATHENA in Tech. She strongly believes in the gender multiplier effect – that one small action can create a ripple, then a wave, that continues to affect generations. She feels it is our responsibility to leave a legacy and that means taking risks to make our circles more diverse and be a role model for gender equity. Prior to ATHENA International, Andrea served on assignment with UN Women in Beijing, China. The Conners have served as a host family for more than 50 college students in the US and China through the World Academy for the Future of Women. She is a 2019 Women Worth Watching® Award recipient, a Diamond Mentor for Global Women Connect and she serves on the Advisory Board for Enterprising Women Magazine. She holds a master’s degree in Global Leadership from Duquesne University. She says her greatest joys are bringing people together, listening to podcasts, reading the latest news and spending quality time with her husband and two sons on the golf course or exploring new cuisines in the US or abroad.