Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Athena Awards, presented through Athena International by the Women’s Connection and the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, to honor outstanding female leaders in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The mission of Athena International is “to support, develop and honor women leaders, to inspire women to achieve their full potential and to create balance in leadership worldwide.” The awards program honors women who are setting a gold standard in business and community leadership and helping to bring along the next generation of women leaders. Missman Inc. is the title sponsor of the 2013 awards, with additional sponsorship from Integrity Integrated, Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors, the Quad-City Times and MediaWork Productions.

The awards are scheduled for noon April 18 at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, Rock Island. The nomination deadline is Jan. 21.