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Andrea Stevenson Conner

Andrea Stevenson Conner

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I'm passionate about balanced leadership worldwide. There are over three decades of research that supports the positive impact of having women in leadership. In my role as President for ATHENA International, I am committed to helping women leaders find their voice. Honoring women leaders across the United States and around the world is the best part of my job.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

In the Triangle area of NC, we co-hosted an event with Ellevate with all the area women's leadership groups to watch an advance screening of On the Basis of Sex about Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It was a wonderful evening of women supporting women and the collaboration among the organizations illustrated how we amplify the voice of women leaders.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

One of my most memorable career accomplishments was working with university women in rural China from 2012-2015 to help them find their passion and purpose. To this day, I wake up each morning and the first thing I do is check the social media app, WeChat to check if any of the emerging leaders have sent me an update on how they are.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Like many of us busy leaders, work-life balance. I work virtually so it's easy for the lines to blur between home and office hours.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

My path is nontraditional. The majority of my career I was the accompanying spouse in expatriate settings. So I had to change often and get creative on how I would keep myself busy and continue to grow. We moved 8 times in 13 years across 4 continents.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Meeting leaders around the United States in over 200 communities who are being honored by their local community organization. Presenting the ATHENA Award to an extraordinary leader in a local community is so rewarding. Celebrating them for their professional excellence, giving back to their community and lifting up women leaders is the best part of my job.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

I want to know that I helped more women find their voice as leaders and have contributed to building a pipeline of talented women leaders.

Who are your role models?

As a first-generation college student, my parents modeled that living authentically is the best way to live your life. I also admire Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg for her courage and fierce advocacy.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

My personal superpower is seeing connections and helping others connect to make things happen.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

Set priorities at work and at home. Find a company that values at you can be great at both.

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