Ashley Ward Named 2020 ATHENA Awards Finalist

Young Professional LeadershipAshley Ward ATHENA Finalist

Congratulations to Ashley Ward, Hire for Hope’s founder and CEO, for being a finalist for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award!

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipient:

• Is an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession
• Serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally
• Is 40 years old or younger as of September 2019, and has a minimum of five (5) years professional experience
• Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community


Both the ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Young Professional Award are founded on the ATHENA Leadership Model® from ATHENA International. This model identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, Celebration and Joy.

The 31st annual ATHENA Awards celebration will be held virtually on September 24 at 4:00PM. Join us in cheering on Ashley and all of the other incredible women who were nominated for awards this year. Learn more about the event and register here!

Be sure to read Ashley’s story and find out why she started Hire for Hope.

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