ATHENA Awards LogoThe Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Awards nominations are open now. You have an opportunity to recognize the amazing women around you with ATHENA qualities. It only takes a few minutes.

An ATHENA is a woman who leads in her industry. She mentors others as they navigate their careers. She devotes her time to improving her community.

Every year the Phoenix Chamber calls for community nominations and selects 11 ATHENA finalists. There are four private sector, four public sector, and three Young Professional finalists.  Then in October, the Chamber announces a single recipient in each category.

Last year, there were 51 impressive nominees from different industries. Every woman in that group is a leader. Through difficult work and extensive discussion, the Selection Committees chose 11 finalists and then awarded three recipients.

With the wealth of talented women in the Valley, the ATHENA process is not easy. This is a testament to the great opportunities available in our city and state. So many Arizona women are at the top of their fields and leading Phoenix forward.

For example, let’s look at last year’s three recipients:

  • Private Sector: Melissa Sanderson, Freeport-McMoRan
    Melissa is the vice president of international affairs at Freeport-McMoRan and has a background as a Foreign Service officer. She supports women entrepreneurs and illustrates her dedication to the mentorship of others by helping them reach their full leadership potential.
  • Public Sector: Leah Fregulia, Arizona School for the Arts
    Leah is CEO of the Arizona School for the Arts.  Her work there has helped establish the institution as a top academic school. She serves on several boards and is focused on promoting high-quality education, arts and culture, and the development of a vibrant downtown.
  • Young Professional: Ashley Kasarjian, Snell and Wilmer
    Ashley is counsel at Snell & Wilmer, LLP. In addition to her law profession, Ashley is an active board member for  Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation and does pro-bono legal work for those in need.

So, now, selecting this year’s honorees is up to you. It’s time to start thinking about the inspiring women around you. Colleagues? Networking groups? Mentors? Leaders? This is an opportunity to call out an ATHENA in your life. I want to see where this nomination takes you and your ATHENA.

Nominating is a simple process; it only takes three minutes to recognize the ATHENAs in your life.

ATHENA nominations close on June 24, 2016 www.phoenixchamber.com/athenanomations.

-Written by Adam McAnally, Regulatory Analyst, SRP. Adam serves on the Chamber’s Valley Young Professional Board and nominated Melissa Sanderson, the 2015 Private Sector ATHENA Award recipient.

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