ATHENAPowerLink®

Internationally renowned, this mentoring program is North Florida’s premier program linking accomplished women business owners with a panel of advisers.

ATHENAPowerLink® connects accomplished women business owners with a panel of volunteer advisers for a year to meet business goals and objectives. Entry into the program requires a rigorous three-step application process.

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ATHENAPowerLink® Governing Body Members

The ATHENAPowerLink® Governing Body is comprised of volunteer executives and entrepreneurs from the business community.

Member representatives are experienced in various business disciplines, such as banking, accounting, finance, law, human resources and marketing. Governing Body members also come from organizations which provide resources to entrepreneurs throughout North Florida.

CHAIR

Snowden McFall

Owner, FiredUp! Professional Speaking & Coaching

Printella Bankhead

Owner, EBS Security

Dr. Barbara Darby

Retired Campus President, Florida State College at Jacksonville

 

Janet Herrick

Director – Jacksonville Office, SWCA

Grace Huxtable-Mount

Multi-Unit Franchise Owner, The Learning Experience

Shelly Lingor

CEO & Partner, GunnChamberlain P.L.

Teresa Meares

Owner, TM Consulting

Carlton Robinson

Chief Innovation Officer, JAX Chamber

Chung Rutter

Vice President, RS&H

Bill Sorenson

Principal, Heritage Capital Group

Angela Timberlake

Vice President, Elevate Women

Shamika Wright

President, JAX Chamber Foundation

ATHENAPowerLink® - Advisory Panel

The ATHENAPowerLink® Advisory Panel is a group of seasoned professionals who agree to mentor the business owner on an unpaid basis for one (1) year.

The board of advisors is recruited to meet the specific needs of that business, and needs vary considerably from one business to another.

Members offer guidance on critical subjects such as networking skills, achieving access to capital, implementing best practices and others—virtually any issue identified by a woman business owner as necessary to reach the goals she has for her business.

ATHENAPowerLink® Jacksonville (APL) is a hyper-connected business mentoring program designed to increase the growth and profitability of women-owned businesses. A panel of volunteers, powerful members of the local business community, is linked with a woman business owner to act as mentors and advisors for one year.

 

DOES YOUR BUSINESS QUALIFY?

To qualify for selection as an ATHENAPowerLink® Jacksonville Business Owner, a business must meet the following criteria:

  • Is at least 51% owned and actively managed by a woman or women.
  • Has been in business for a minimum of two years.
  • Has a minimum of two full-time employees (including the owner) or a number of part-time employees whose total work hours add up to two full-time positions.
  • Has annual revenues of at least $250,000 for retail or manufacturing businesses, or at least $100,000 for service businesses.
  • The owner must have clearly defined objectives and specific reasons for seeking an advisory panel.

ATHENAPowerLink® Terms and Conditions 

 

Learn more about this mentoring program and the requirements to participate by applying below.

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2020

Rochelle Stoddard, Berman Brothers & Rubin Iron Works

2019

Charu Raheja, TriageLogic & Continuwell

Tina Sealey, Tech X Service

Janet Herrick, Onsite Environmental Consulting

2018

Printella Bankhead, EBS Security, Inc.

2017

Vanice Serrano, ASAP Towing

Michele McManamon, Selling Solutions

2016

Michelle Calcote King, Reputation Ink

Mary Lyn Jenkins, Big Fish Yoga

Laura Bittencourt, Smart Body Physical Therapy, Inc.

2014

Kelly Moore & Rose Conry (Partners), StaffTime

2013

Mary Fisher, Fisher Design

2012

Nina Sickler, LandMark Engineering

Susanne Lemen & Pam Gibson (Partners), Idea Staffing/ DCSI

Gina Hill, G.M. Hill Engineering

Liz Grenamyer, Catering by Liz

2011

Amanda Bower, AviatorGear

2010

Dana Stallings, Kilwin’s Chocolate & Ice Cream

Joanne Parks, Parks’ Place Learning Center

Kathryn Murphy, Comfort Keepers

Jan Hirabayashi, BroadBased Communications

Lisa Davis, Analytics Partners

2008

Vicky Zelen, Zelen Risk Solutions

Ann Sabbag, Health Designs

Teresa Myers, Myers Seth Pump

Pegine Echevarria, Team Pegine

Hester Clark, The Hester Group

2007

Anne Urban, Destination Planning Corporation

Mary B. Harvey, Agency A’la Carte

Zelda Greenberg, Legacy Realty Group – North Florida Inc.

This interactive approach to mentoring helps women entrepreneurs gain relationship access and an understanding of self-awareness. This mentoring program will prepare participants to be a part of ATHENA PowerLink.

Participants will develop a mentorship portfolio warranting them for next steps. Including the following:

  • Discovery of Blue Ocean vs. Red Ocean
  • Submission of capability statement
  • Scoping exercise
  • Porters Five-Forces
  • Determine competitive rivalry
  • Predictive Index Assessment
  • Pivot.City submissions
  • Pitch Prep