Directors: Dr. Kristine Quade, Dr. Lori Wieters, Mindy Maggio, and Kaleigh Williams

Announcement: New Program Launching this Summer – The Young Athena Emerging Leader Certificate Program for Young Women (14-18) in Church Youth Leadership! It is sponsored by the AthenaAZ Foundation. For more information, click here, scan the QR Code, and fill out the form. We have several events this summer. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Purpose of this Collaborative:

Athena Valley of the Sun is a community of women who join together to share experiences, stories, achievements and triumphs. The Athena Valley of the Sun Core values are enlightened by the ATHENA Leadership Model principles, which help us navigate challenges and opportunities we face each day. Together, we maximize our collective potential as we carve our individual paths in the world. Let’s celebrate together in our positive and supportive community that is dedicated to the growth and development of female leaders from all ages. The Athena Valley of the Sun leadership team focuses their tireless efforts on the personal and professional development of female high school and college students, professionals, executives and business owners.

Click on the link below to view our community programming. Remember, all of our programs can be customized to meet your needs.

Athena Valley of the Sun aligns its programming to four philosophical core values: Illuminate, Grow, Champion, and Honor. The organization enlightens each of these philosophical core values to the Becoming ATHENA Eight Principles of Enlighted Leadership that are described in the Becoming ATHENA book by Martha Mayhood Mertz (2015, pp 96-97). Athena Valley of the Sun members are dedicted to life-long learning so that they can mentor those around them. Come join us as a member and commit to learning more about yourself by attending one of our programs. You can also share experiences with us through your involvement in our private FB community by clicking here.

Programming for our Young Athena Women

While the members of Athena Valley of the Sun focus on education, community, and mentorship for women, we give back to the next generation by offering scholarships to our Young Athenas. These scholarships fund our Young Athena Emerging Leader Workshops, Young Athena Professional Programming, and Young Athena’s participation in events.

If you are interested in contributing to our efforts to grow the next generation of young women, please click here. All donations go to the AthenaAZ Foundation (501C3), and directly to our Young Athena Women through scholarships and paid programming.

The Athena Valley of the Sun Online Community

There are many opportunities to get involved with Athena Valley of the Sun. You can join our membership group and visit us on the Athena Valley of the Sun Online Community page. We also offer a variety of workshops to learn more about Athena Valley of the Sun’s Core Values and the eight ATHENA Leadership Model Principles that enlighten it. These workshops are offered in 4 hour, 4 week, 8 week, and 6 month programmatic formats. Contact us today at and one of out Athena Valley of the Sun team members will contact you.

Questions and Inquiries

If you have questions or would like to become a member or attend a workshop, please contact We look forward to connecting with you soon.​