Dr. Tiamesha Walker-Smith
Executive Director, ATHENA of the Triangle
(919) 342-8404

ATHENA of the Triangle receives a $5,000 grant from Labcorp Charitable Foundation.

Raleigh, NC, August 16, 2023 – ATHENA of the Triangle announced it received a $5,000 grant from Labcorp Charitable Foundation to further develop its ATHENA in STEM program.
ATHENA in STEM program (formerly ATHENA in Tech) provides middle and high school girls enrichment, skill-building, and coaching opportunities. Through our program, participants attend monthly content-driven sessions and receive mentoring to increase the pipeline of women entering STEM-related fields and enhance their leadership capacity. This aligns with ATHENA in STEM’s program mission of improving the diversity and inclusion of leadership in technology-dependent industries across the NC Triangle region.

“This program has been successfully executed for four years in partnership with Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy. Currently entering into our 5th year, the ATHENA in STEM program brings relevant and inspiring content to young girls and particularly girls of color across the Triangle region. In 2019 ATHENA in STEM partnered with the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy (WYWLA), a public magnet high school in downtown Raleigh, NC, to prototype this concept. The mission of WYWLA is to inspire a community of college-ready, career-focused young women ready to learn, lead, and serve.

Receiving this grant from Labcorp Charitable Foundation will provide opportunities for program sustainability and expansion.” – Dr. Tiamesha Walker-Smith, Executive Director, ATHENA of the Triangle.

Currently, ATHENA of the Triangle is a 501(c)(3) which operates solely on generous grants, sponsorship, and donation. Operating with only a part-time Executive Director and part-time marketing coordinator for paid staff. The organization is highly dependent on BOD members for the execution of all programs, with all committees led by a BOD member. Receiving this generous grant from Labcorp Charitable Foundation will significantly contribute to the success of expanding the ATHENA in STEM program.

About ATHENA of the Triangle
ATHENA of the Triangle’s mission is to support, develop, and honor emerging and established women leaders and their allies across the NC Triangle Region. Our vision is to empower women to live the ATHENA Leadership Model® and achieve their highest potential. Founded in 2014, ATHENA of the Triangle is a licensee of programs developed by ATHENA International, a non-profit organization founded on the deeply held belief that women can achieve a worldwide balance of leadership when they are recognized, cultivated, and encouraged as leaders. We provide innovative programming in leadership development and entrepreneurial skill building for women leaders in the Triangle region of North Carolina.

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