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Prestigious ATHENA Awards

About the ATHENA Awards

The ATHENA Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment—qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model. The Award is unique in both scope---local, national and international---and the ATHENA mission upon which it is based. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to an individual who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.  The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce holds this event on alternating years.

 

ATHENA Leadership Award

The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to an individual who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Nominations for the 2023 ATHENA Leadership Award will be open from December 15, 2022 and will close March 31, 2023.

ATHENA Young Professional Award

The ATHENA Young Professional Award is presented to an individual under the age of 40 who is honored as an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their profession.

Nominations for the ATHENA Young Professional Award will be open from December 15, 2022 and will close March 31, 2023.

 

For questions about nominations please contact our ATHENA volunteer co-chairs:

Melissa Tanner melissa.Tanner@cslbehring.com

Mary Thomson                                                m-thomson@comcast.net

All nominations will be submitted to Mary Thomson either by email or mail:

1045 West Hawkins St.                    Kankakee, IL  60901

 

ATHENA Awards Photo Gallery 2021

Past ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients

  • Marsha Lloyd – 2021
  • Dr. Genevra Walters – 2019
  • Dr. Kristine Condon – 2017
  • Dr. Jill Bowling – 2015
  • Sandra Knight – 2014
  • Carol Braford – 2010
  • Beth Brosseau – 2009
  • Dotty Lagesse – 2008
  • Tinker Parker – 2007
  • Jeff Hammes – 2006
  • Brenda Randazzo – 2005
  • Pam Dunlap – 2004
  • Yvonne Chalfant – 2003
  • Toby Olszewski – 2002
  • Glendal Kilbride – 2001
  • Gwen Hopkins – 2000
  • Brenda Baird – 1999
  • Claire McElroy – 1998
  • Dr. Kay Green – 1997
  • Peggy Sue Munday – 1996
  • Mary Thomson – 1995
  • Sue Ann O'Connor – 1994
  • Wilma Reuter – 1993
  • Maggie Frogge – 1992
  • Connie Ashline – 1991
  • Terri Hult – 1990
  • Trudy Dickinson – 1989
  • Jane Schriefer – 1988
  • Peggy Shutter – 1987

Past ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipients

  • Jenny Schoenwetter - 2021
  • Claire Chaplinski - 2019
  • Jillian Snyder - 2017
  • Rebecca Schatz - 2015
  • Leslie Hertz - 2010
  • Melissa Tanner - 2009
  • Danielle VonWerder Walters - 2008
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