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2021 Athena Award and Scholarship Recipients

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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 2021 Athena Awards are closed at this time. When the nominations for 2023 open, the Athena Leadership form can be found below:

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 2021 Athena Awards are closed at this time. When the nominations for 2023 open, the Athena Young Professional Leadership form can be found below:

WIN Scholarship

The WIN Scholarship is open to women who live and/or work in the Kankakee County area, are going back to college to retrain, complete a degree or certificate program, improve skills needed in the workplace, or complete an advanced degree.

Nominations for the 2021 Athena Awards are closed at this time. When the nominations for 2023 open, the WIN Scholarship form can be found below:

Funds for the WIN Scholarship come from private donations and from fund-raising activities conducted by the WIN committee. WIN Scholarship funds are invested with the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley.

Previous nominees but not previous recipients may be nominated. To learn more about ATHENA, click on the link below:

Athena Awards Gallery

Previous 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

Previous 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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