About ATHENAPowerLink® Baltimore

In 1992, the ATHENAPowerLink Program was established in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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.

ATHENAPowerLink® Baltimore is a yearlong mentorship program headquartered at Towson University, designed to assist women entrepreneurs with their business. We strive to give them invaluable tools for success: guidance, support, and advice from business experts who can offer direction and perspective.

To qualify for selection as an ATHENAPowerLink® Baltimore Client 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.

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

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, Ken Espinosa, at kespinosa@towson.edu or (410) 704-2252.


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

William Backstrom

William Backstrom
PNC Greater Maryland

Michele L. Coh

Michele L. Cohen, Esq.
Miles & Stockbridge

Janet Delaney

Janet Delaney
Plano Coudon Construction

Swata Ghandi

Swata Gandhi, Esq.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Alvin Katz

Alvin B. Katz, CPA
Katz Abosch

Lauren Kronthal

Lauren Kronthal
SPS Marketing

Darlene Smith

Darlene Brannigan Smith, Ph.D.
University of Baltimore