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Ellen Sullivan

ATHENA International



Ellen Sullivan is the former director of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center. She is an entrepreneur who has crossed over the sectors of nursing, healthcare and nonprofits. As an RN, she began her career as a critical care nurse. She then gained broad corporate experience in healthcare quality and compliance working over 20 years at Florida Blue. She left her executive role to invest in the first Doctors Express Urgent Care clinic in Florida, providing access to quality, affordable healthcare. Successfully selling the business, she joined the search for missing children as CEO of The BairFind Foundation in its national expansion as an official charity partner of Minor League Baseball.

Active on several board, Ellen serves as Chair Elect for ATHENA International, an organization with a global reach in developing women leaders throughout the world from classroom to boardroom. She has been honored as Jacksonville Business Journal’s “Women of Influence”, a “Top 50 Business Influencer” by Advantage Business Magazine and JAX Chamber Health Council “Small Business Leader of the Year”. Ellen has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and


ATHENA International, formerly ATHENA Foundation, is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders, inspire them to reach their full potential, and create balance in leadership worldwide.

The ATHENA Leadership Model developed through a grant of the W.K.

Kellogg Foundation, identifies eight attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership. Under the ATHENA Leadership Model, distinctive education and mentoring programs have been created to honor and foster women in leadership.

The ATHENA Leadership Awards program was founded in 1982, presenting more than 7,000 awards in over 500 communities in the United States, Canada, China, Nepal, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

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