About ATHENAPowerLink® Baltimore

Being a business owner takes time and money. ATHENAPowerLink® Baltimore wants to be a primary tool in your kit—to help lighten the load by offering our expertise for an entire year. At no cost to you, an advisory panel dedicates their time and efforts to ensure a plan of action for your long-term business success.

According to a study by ATHENA International, client businesses showed an average increase of 88% in sales, 37% in business net income, 56% in personal net income, 75% in the number of part-time employees, and 36% in the number of full-time employees upon completion of the program.

Like those statistics? Then apply to be a participant or apply to be a panelist.

In 1992, the ATHENAPowerLink Program was established in Pittsburgh, PA after two businesswomen recognized that many women entrepreneurs did not have frequent access to advisors and mentors. The concept was simple, a panel of volunteers from all industries would advise women business owners on the ways to achieve greater success within their business. Since 1999, the ATHENAPowerLink Program has continued to help women-owned business to expand their profits with the assistance of the profession advisory panels.

Upon completing an application, anticipate the following:

  • 48 hours — Application is received by the Governing Body.
  • 2–4 weeks — Applications are reviewed by the Governing Body.
  • Within 30–60 days — Governing Body contacts applicants, requesting an interview.
  • 60 days — If applicant is accepted into the program, panel leader and advisors are identified. If not accepted, we will work with you to identify how to become eligible in the future.
  • 60–90 days — Once the panel is identified, an onsite kick-off meeting will take place with the Women Business Owner (WBO).
  • 12 months — Graduation from the program.
  • Expect to dedicate 5–10 hours a month to the program. Time spent is dependent on your engagement with the panel advisors.

Fill out an application so we can learn more about you and your business.

**Note: all information provided to ATHENAPowerLink® Baltimore is strictly confidential. For any questions or concerns, please contact our Baltimore Administrator at Athena@towson.edu.


The ATHENAPowerLink® Baltimore 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 the Greater Baltimore Metro area.

Laura Gamble

Laura L. Gamble, Past Chairperson
PNC Financial Services Group

Lynne Durbin

Lynne Durbin
InLine LLC.

Swata Ghandi

Swata Gandhi, Esq.
Miles & Stockbridge

Alvin Katz

Alvin B. Katz, CPA
Katz Abosch

Lauren Kronthal

Lauren Kronthal
Brown Advisory

Darlene Smith

Darlene Brannigan Smith, Ph.D.
University of Baltimore