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Athena Leadership Awards

The Athena Leadership Awards (formerly the Woman of the Year Awards) are given annually to individuals, regardless of gender, who have demonstrated clear and sustained dedication to women’s professional enhancement at University of Idaho. Athena Leadership Award recipients are those who truly represent the mission of Athena and fearlessly engage both professionally and personally in making changes that support and forward the mission of Athena. These are people who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide mentorship to women, advocate for an inclusive and supportive climate, volunteering and engaging across the university in ways that carry out in word and deed the mission of Athena. Nominees may also be engaged in other efforts beyond our campus. 

The Athena Leadership Awards are held every spring.

2024 Recipients

Woman of the Year, Staff

Megan Robison

Director, University of Idaho Children's Center

Megan's leadership at the Children's Center has not only transformed the lives of countless children, but has also been instrumental in empowering women within the Children's Center and the Child Development Lab. Through her tireless efforts, Megan has created an environment that fosters professional and personal growth and advancement for women in early childhood education. Her dedication to mentorship and professional development initiatives has enabled numerous educators to excel in their roles, providing them with the necessary support and resources to thrive in their careers. Megan consistently goes above and beyond to advocate for gender equity in the workplace, ensuring that women are given equal opportunities for leadership and advancement.

Megan Robison
Megan Robison

Woman of the Year, Faculty

Kelly Quinnett, MFA

Head of Acting, Professor, Theater Arts Department

Kelly Quinnett has conscientiously worked on behalf of women throughout her career. She has taken the time to mentor women actors when others have chosen to concentrate on their own careers. Aspiring women actors have benefitted from Quinnett’s unselfishness and her dedication to her art. She has often undertaken acting roles that highlight women’s unique experiences. Kelly volunteers as a Chaplin at Gritman Hospital and is a certified end-of-life doula, which is a non-medical professional who helps people nearing death with emotional, physical and educational support. She is a tireless advocate for women and diversity on campus in her service to the institution, and her creative work also fosters meaningful conversations about women’s rights and feminism.

Kelly Quinnett
Kelly Quinnett