The Greater Flagstaff Chamber unveiled the recipients of the 25th Anniversary ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Awards at its Annual Meeting on January 24, with the originator of the international award – Martha Mertz – on hand to present the honors.
Dr. Leah Bornstein, president of Coconino Community College, was given the traditional ATHENA Honor while Ande Burke, marketing director at Mountain Heart Health Services, took home the Young Professional award.
Greater Flagstaff Chamber President/CEO Julie Pastrick noted that with 10 nominees in all, it had been a difficult decision for the judges.
ATHENA Award nominees and recipients are outstanding women who have demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in their careers; provided valuable service to improve the quality of life for other in their community; and assist other women in reaching their full leadership potential.
In 2007, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber added the ATHENA Young Professional Award to recognize emerging leaders who serve as a role model for young women professionally and personally.
Many former ATHENAs attended the meeting to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the awards in Flagstaff. They were all given cards from ATHENA International outlining the eight core values common to ATHENAs – the authentic self, relationships, giving back, collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy and celebration & joy.