Leading Waco Women

2023 Leading Waco Women Serving Summit with ATHENA Leadership Award Presentation | Tuesday, Nov. 7 | Baylor University - Hurd Welcome Center | 10 a.m.

The Leading Waco Women Series was created to celebrate, empower and develop female leaders in the Waco community. The annual series provides professional development opportunities through half-day conferences, keynote speakers, panel discussions and networking. Each event in the Leading Waco Women Series is focused on the three components of leadership: serving, empowering and mentoring. The Greater Waco Chamber celebrated the inaugural Leading Waco Women Summit in November 2018 with the presentation of Waco's first-ever ATHENA Leadership Award.

About the Leading Waco Women Serving Summit

The Leading Waco Women Serving Summit is a half-day conference featuring a keynote presentation, lunch, a panel discussion with our four ATHENA Leadership Award® Finalists, and the presentation of the ATHENA Leadership Award®.

Felecia Mulkey Headshot

Felecia Mulkey
Head Acrobatics & Tumbling Coach, Baylor University

After guiding the Oregon Ducks to four consecutive NCATA national championships in five years, Mulkey, in her first season as Baylor’s head coach, guided the Bears to the program’s first NCATA national cham­pionship, defeating the defending champion Oregon Ducks three times en route to the crown. The Bears posted a program-best 11-0 record. Mulkey was the head coach at the University of Oregon from 2009 through 2014, first at the helm of the competitive stunts and gymnastics team and that evolved into acrobatics and tumbling and the inaugural season of the NCATA in 2011. At the helm of the Ducks, Mulkey boasted a 43-3 overall record while winning four national championships, 30 event titles, 11 All-America honors, two Athlete of the Year accolades, a Newcomer of the Year honor and a Coach of the Year award.

In her 12 seasons as a head coach of acrobatics and tumbling, Mulkey, a native of Atlanta, Ga., has an overall record of 106-4 while winning 11 national titles, 64 event ti­tles, coached 33 student-athletes to All-America honors with seven earning Athlete of the Year awards.

Off the mat, Mulkey works tirelessly in growing the sport of acrobatics and tumbling. She continues to play a key role in the progression of acro­batics & tumbling’s effort to gain NCAA sport status. Prior to the 2010-11 season, Mulkey was a catalyst in developing the scoring format that is currently in practice in acrobatics and tumbling meets. She currently serves as the Director of Expansion for the NCATA (National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association), acting as the liaison between the sport and athletic directors looking to add the sport as A&T pushes into becoming an NCAA emerging sport. It currently has been adopted as an emerging sport by Divisions II and III, with Division I expected to follow suit in the coming months.

Mulkey, a 1998 Kennesaw State health and exercise science graduate, oversaw the development of a program that finished no worse than third nationally from 2001 through 2007. Her success resulted in the program ascending to the Division I level in 2006. Her dedication to her alma mater led her to being inducted into the Kennesaw State Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2019.

About the ATHENA Leadership Award®

The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to leaders across professional sectors around the world. Its rich history, international scope and mentorship distinguish it as one of the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. The ATHENA Leadership award celebrates women who achieve excellence in their professions, serve the community in a meaningful way, and help other women reach their full potential. The ATHENA Leadership award celebrates exemplary leadership and is reflective of a quote by Plato: "What is honored in a country will be cultivated there." Over 7,000 Recipients have been honored with the ATHENA Leadership award since the program’s inception in 1982. Each summer the Waco Chamber will accept nominations from the community and present the ATHENA Leadership award each year at the Leading Waco Women Serving Summit held in November. Learn more about the ATHENA Leadership Award >

ATHENA Leadership Award® Nomination Information

Each summer, nominations open for potential candidates. After the nomination period closes, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce will form a Review and Recommendation Committee comprised of community leaders to review and score the nominations based on ATHENA International guidelines. The Review and Recommendation Committee will submit its scores and recommendations to the Executive Committee of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for consideration and action. Nominations are scored solely on the information provided by the nominator. The top four nominees will be announced as finalists, but the ATHENA Leadership Award® recipient will not be announced until the Serving Summit.

Nomination Requirements:

ATHENA Leadership Award® nominees must meet each of the following three criteria:

  • Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession
  • Provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community
  • Actively assist women in achieving their full leadership potential

Nominee Qualifications:

  • ATHENA Leadership Award® Nominees may represent either the profit or not-for-profit sector.
  • Previous ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are not eligible for nomination, however, past nominees may be nominated again.
  • There is no minimum or maximum age qualification that must be met by ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees.