Athena 2019


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Athena 2019’s theme was “Be Brave”. The event focused on Shine Theory, 5 Leadership Best Practices, Closing the Pay Gap, Negotiations, Women & Money, and personal mission statement and resiliency planning.

All photos and magical moments were captured by Erin Wells Photography. You can view and download Athena 2019 images HERE.

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2019 Agenda


The opening day is committed to grounding and gathering. Instead of coming in hot from out of town and not giving yourself a margin, this day is about having space to ground and set intentions. Is this event a time for you to retreat and focus? Is it time to connect with people that you rarely get to see? How do you need to prep yourself to be in a space to make the most of this investment?

Day 1 gives you the opportunities to kick off your Athena experience with our opening workshops. We have designed two workshops that are dedicated to timely and important topics that impact us all - crafting our story, and managing money.   See full descriptions below.

 Workshop not your thing? We have provided some additional Athena offerings: creative headshot + makeup, coaches corner and yoga classes hosted by Athena partners. Then join us for the opening cocktail party, Birds of a Feather dinners, and film premiere.

  • Coaches Corner: Throughout Day 1, you have the opportunity to sign up for a free personal coaching session with one of many coaches specializing in executive leadership, wellness, finances, and more. This was very popular at our last event and we've moved the timing so you can attend all programming and have a personal coaching session. Take advantage of this opportunity to reflect on your intentions for your time at Athena and for the year to come! This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity; ticket holders will be notified closer to the event when sign-ups begin

  • Shine Time: Headshots & Beauty Bar by Beautycounter. Show up for a professional makeup session and professional headshot Treat yo'self! Package is $65 and will be made available to registrants prior to the event. 

All events and sessions are located at the Rialto unless otherwise noted.



Ground and Gather Yoga with Sara Close. A primer to ground, set intention for your Athena experience



Check in Opens - Pick up Badges, Sign up available for Coaches Corner and Headshots


9:00 - 12:00

Morning Workshop: What's Your Story? 

Your Story Has Power: a workshop to unearth your personal narrative

Come to this intensive interactive workshop where you will be supported to explore, own and learn to present your truest personal story. Being willing and able to courageously tell your personal story is an important leadership skill and a critical piece of being able to build authentic relationships with yourself, your community and your audiences. You story can set you free!

Workshop presented by the Million Person Project.

In this hands on workshop led by Million Person Project trainers, you can unlock your narrative and use it to make change—in your life and in the world. Perhaps you want to communicate more honestly with your loved ones. Maybe you’re eager to get up on a big stage and inform the audience about a cause that’s close to your heart. Perhaps you’ll choose to share your experience in writing. Most likely, you’re just not sure where to begin. The Million Person Project invites you to embrace the power of storytelling, no matter how big your dreams are or how scary it feels. In this workshop we will help you identify your most impactful experiences, find your audience, and raise your voice. 

The Million Person Project is a global project about love, storytelling, and connecting change-makers. The Million Person Project team is fascinated by how authentic personal stories can transform a room, a relationship, an organization, or the world. They have led coaching and training sessions all over the globe and have trained change-makers to tell their stories on stages at TED, the United Nations, She the People and many more. 


12:00 - 1:30

Lunch Downtown Bozeman: Explore downtown Bozeman's many venues with your fellow Athena Pack member. List of recommendations and locations will be provided.


1:30 - 4:30

Afternoon Workshop: Your Money, Your Life 

You asked, we listened. Every year we've been given that feedback that attendees want more time to work on their personal finances AT THE EVENT.  This is the time. We're bringing in 4 experts from across the country in Small Business Ownership & Financial Management, Retirement Planning, Credit Scoring and Identity Protection, Budgeting, and Investing.  We're giving you plenty of work space. And now, you'll have the time to actually do the work. 

The first two hours of the workshop are dedicated to your personal finances. The last hour is focused on business owners, or key employees of businesses who would like to one day become a business owner.

Here, we encourage you to bring your laptops, personal budget spreadsheets, calculators, pencils, and we're going to get down to business. This is the time to focus on any of your financial questions and then do the actual work to get setup for financial success in the coming years. We'll work on crafting your personal financial plan and the steps you need to take to execute that plan.  

How much time do you dedicate to your financial success? This is a great time to start and give yourself space to focus on your personal finances while having experts in the room to help.



Kickoff Party and Birds of a Feather dinner signups.



Birds of a Feather Dinner Circles - Locations provided at sign up. These dinners are first-come, first-serve and have been a favorite at past events. Topics announced at cocktail party. Most groups are group of 7-10 women. Dinners are no host and are held at various locations in downtown Bozeman. 



Private Screening of On Her Shoulders with Alexandria Bombach @ The Rialto with delicious movie treats provided by Sweet Peaks.



This day is fully dedicated to our 2019 theme of BE BRAVE. The focused programming is centered around this topic, getting clear on what being brave in your life looks like, along with the space an time to work on your personal mission and visions for the future. All sessions and events at the Rialto unless otherwise noted.



Morning Yoga with Sara Close

Pure Barre sponsored by Alpine Physical Therapy @ Pure Barre Studio Bozeman (sign up link will be provided to participants pre-event)



Conference Opens: Coffee, Tea, Pastries, and Connecting



Conference Kickoff: Introduction from the team and your speakers around the conference theme of Bravery, Leadership, and supporting one another.



Women in the world: A Status Report from Jen Euell, Executive Director of the Women's Foundation of Montana



Tara-Nicholle Nelson: Tara will launch us into the day with a powerful exercise on empowerment and share with us several tools and resources to support leadership growth. And yes, her AMAZING story of her own bravery is a not to miss moment of Athena!



Morning Work + Whitespace, led by Bethany Dufour: This session will focus on converting values and our life's vision into action. It will provide clarity on the many voices in our head, and being able to decipher, what voice is our own, and what are we hearing from others and confusing with our own voice. Bethany will us take values and convert them to every day tangible life choices that you can live by. You will walk out of this session feeling ready to stand in choice around your values, be it your next move at your company, or your decision to lean into family.



Morning Movement: Lead by Alpine Physical Therapy



Brave UP! : Jill Alban humorously shares the seven categories of lying and provide tools to master the "The Art of Honesty", building incredibly bravery and radical open-mindedness.



Catered Lunch + CREATE Art Bar opens



The Messy Middle: This wasn’t part of my plan!!! What do you do when things do not quite go exactly as you had intended? Hear from a panel of women who have successfully navigated the messy middle, hear their stories, tools and glean the previous wisdom. Panelist include: Erica Mackey, Co-Founder MyVillage, Laura Orvidas, CEO OnX and Marissa Keenan, Founder + CEO of Sweet Peaks Ice Cream



Be Brave: Briana Lamb shares her inspirational story of being brave as a young Native American and advocate for murdered and missing indigenous women.



Trailblazer's Forum led by Whitney Williams: Hear from women trailblazers that have exercised bravery in politics. We’ll hear from women from both sides of the aisle, reaching across party lines and working collaboratively to drive change and positive impact in the world. Panelist include: Carol Williams, Debby Barrett - two leading women in Montana politics representing different parties will share how they “trailblazed” against odds to achieve policy change.



Movement 4 Movement with Quentin Robinson - an exploration of the power of movement and communication, including a performance not to miss!



Afternoon Break- A quick bio break before we head into the final sessions of the day.



Ruchika Tulshyan: Leadership and Likability - How Women Can Communicate To Be Heard This session will cover two key topics the empower women, negotiation and communication. Ruchika will share insights on how we communicate, the power of language, word choice, non-verbal communication, and how we can use communication to be better negotiators. 



Alexandria Bombach: The award winning filmmaker will share her own story of being brave as she created ON HER SHOULDERS, the story of Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS.



Closing Comments + Reflection | Followed by Cocktail Party, Artists Collective and CREATE Art Bar
Recap and reflection for the day followed by Cocktails, Light Fare, and shopping local artisans while continuing conversations from the event.

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