The Athena award was received in the Monmouth Community by Dorothy Ricketts in 1997. She exemplified women in leadership roles by being named President of Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, sitting on the Board for OSF, sitting on the Board for Warren and Henderson Counties Health Foundation, being the Vice President of Security Savings Bank in Monmouth Illinois, being the Vice President of Financial Institution in 1990, being an active member of Altrusa Club, being involved with the Business and Professional Women's Club, and being involved in the local schools. The Chevrolet representative told the crowd at the award dinner, "No one can make the kind of commitments to job and community that this woman has done without cooperation, understanding, and encouragement of a supportive spouse and family". Family has also become a big part of winning this award. Being able to be a triple threat in a community is an extremely difficult thing. It takes a person with discipline, passion, time management, and love for family and community to win this award. These qualities are extremely hard to find in one person, but they are found in Dorothy Ricketts.
ATHENA International celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community, and recognizes those who support them. It is intended for individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, who have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who also open paths so that others may follow. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to, "a woman ---or man--- who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills."