The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for this year’s prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award (Under 40). The awards will be presented at the ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Nov. 4, 2021, at the Stockton Golf & Country Club.
Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Nomination forms can be obtained by visiting http://stocktonchamber.org/athena-awards/. For more information contact the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce at (209) 292-8423.
The ATHENA Leadership Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of accomplishment, excel in their chosen business or profession, have demonstrated support for the advancement of business and professional women, have devoted time and energy to their community, and have actively mentored others.
The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is dedicated to recognizing the next generation of women leaders in San Joaquin County. The award will honor an individual who has demonstrated excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her community; and clearly serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally. To be eligible the nominee must be younger than 40 years old on Oct. 1, 2021.
ATHENA International was founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz, who was the keynote speaker at the Stockton Chamber’s 25th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon. ATHENA International partners with hundreds of chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, corporations, women’s organizations and affiliate communities in 48 states and 11 countries. Almost 8,000 leaders have been recognized with the ATHENA Leadership award in over 500 regions worldwide. The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce is home to one of the longest running ATHENA programs in the nation, with the first Stockton ATHENA Award being presented in 1986. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award was introduced locally in November 2010.
Past Stockton ATHENA Award recipients are Mary Bava, Dea Berberian, Occeletta Briggs, Judith Buethe, Jane Butterfield, Consuelo “Connie” Callahan, Susan Carson, Judith Chambers, Dr. Pamela Eibeck, Bobbie Fasano, Sara Garfield, Joelle Gomez, Phyllis Grupe, Charlynn Harless, Iva Harris, Dr. Kathy Hart, Hedy Holmes, Dr. Hazel Hill, Marian Jacobs, Kathleen Janssen, Ann Johnston, Susan Lenz, Janice L. Marengo, Jeanette Michaels, Karen Munro, Gillian Murphy, Carol J. Ornelas, Connemara Reisinger, Kathryn Rousek Smith, Cyril Seligman, Kristen Spracher-Birtwhistle, Lindy Turner-Hardin, and Jeanne Zolezzi. The Stockton Young Professional Leadership Award has been presented to Brenna Butler-Garcia, Kristen Dyke, Erin Guy Castillo, Nikki Lowery, Shelby Moran (Riley), Frances Richardson, Angela Rosenquist, Monica Streeter and Jennifer Torres Siders.
Founded on Feb. 21, 1901, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce speaks for thousands of local businesspeople. For 120 years, the Chamber has been the authoritative voice in all business matters throughout the Central Valley. The mission of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce is to aggressively develop and promote an economically vibrant business community.
For additional information, visit www.stocktonchamber.org