Dr. Tiamesha Walker-Smith

Executive Director, ATHENA of the Triangle

(919) 342-8404 




Dr. Atoya Hodges Named New Board President of ATHENA of the Triangle


Raleigh, NC, March 26, 2024 – ATHENA of the Triangle is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Atoya Hodges as the new Board President, effective January 1, 2024. Dr. Hodges brings a wealth of experience and leadership to this esteemed position, embodying the values of ATHENA of the Triangle in empowering women and fostering a culture of excellence and growth.

With a distinguished background spanning over twenty-five years in progressive leadership, education, and operations, Dr. Atoya Hodges emerges as the new Board President of Athena of the Triangle. A seasoned entrepreneur, speaker, author, and strategist, Dr. Hodges brings her unwavering commitment to service, business acumen, and passion for leadership development and mental health to her latest role. Holding multiple degrees, including a BS in Business and Accounting, MBA, M.Ed, MHSA and PhD in Religious Counseling and Hypnotherapy, she epitomizes the essence of lifelong learning. As a devoted wife, mother, and Nana, Dr. Hodges channels her energy into driving wellness initiatives and shattering barriers for women in the global business arena. 

Dr. Hodges is well-positioned to guide ATHENA of the Triangle into its next chapter of success. Her passion for supporting women in leadership roles, coupled with her dedication to our community, aligns perfectly with the mission of ATHENA of the Triangle to support, develop, and honor emerging and established leaders and their allies.


“I am deeply honored and excited to take on this role, intending to lead with passion, purpose, and unwavering dedication to uplifting communities with fervor and empathy. I am truly grateful for this opportunity,” said Dr. Atoya Hodges. 


In her role as Board Chair, Dr. Hodges will lead ATHENA of the Triangle in its efforts to provide leadership development, mentorship programs, and networking opportunities for women in the Triangle area. Her strategic vision and dedication to inclusivity will guide the organization in expanding its reach and impact within the community.


“We are excited to welcome Dr. Atoya Hodges as the new Board Chair of ATHENA of the Triangle. Atoya brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and most importantly a passion for elevating women leaders. We are looking forward to what this new chapter will bring us!” – Dr. Tiamesha Walker-Smith, Executive Director of ATHENA of the Triangle


Dr. Hodges assumes the role of Board Chair with enthusiasm and a commitment to building on ATHENA’s legacy of empowering women. Her tenure promises to be marked by progress, collaboration, and dedication to the ATHENA of the Triangle’s mission.


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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