(PHOENIX)  – The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC), which has celebrated the exemplary achievements of Valley businesswomen through its ATHENA Award program since 1988, is now accepting nominations for its 2016 awards. The nomination process is open to the community, and the Chamber encourages anyone to nominate a deserving businesswoman now through Friday, June 24, 2016.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is excited to continue to recognize exemplary leadership, achievement, support and mentorship. Outstanding businesswomen and emerging leaders will be recognized at the 29th annual ATHENA Awards luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The Chamber will honor three women for the ATHENA Award – one in the public sector, one in the private sector and one up-and-coming ATHENA young professional.

To learn more about the ATHENA Awards nomination requirements and to access the nomination form, please visit

The ATHENA Awards, named after the Greek goddess of courage and wisdom, is a program of ATHENA International, a foundation dedicated to creating leadership opportunities for women.

An ATHENA recipient must meet three specific criteria:

  • Leadership: Demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession.
  • Mentorship: Assists others (both internally and externally) in reaching their full leadership potential.
  • Community Service: Devotes consistent time and energy to improve the quality of life for others.

“Nearing our third decade of honoring exemplary Valley businesswomen, we are proud to continue the mission of the ATHENA Awards program,” said Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Sanders. “We look forward to recognizing three exemplary Arizona businesswomen who embody the spirit of ATHENA, demonstrate strong leadership and have the passion to cultivate success in the next generation of businesswomen. Nominate an outstanding Valley businesswoman today for the 29th Annual ATHENA Awards.”

Time requirements and deadlines:

  • June 24, 2016: Nomination forms due by 5 p.m. – No extensions will be granted
  • July 15, 2016: Application packets due by 5 p.m. – No extensions will be granted
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016: ATHENA Nominee Reception
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016: ATHENA Selection Committee interview and photos
  • September 13-15, 2016: Three-hour video shoot at your business location; includes interview and b-roll footage. (Private and Public Sector finalists only).
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016: ATHENA Awards Luncheon

Requirements for eligibility:

  • Must be able to meet the above time commitments.
  • Finalists must support the ATHENA Awards event as a table host (minimum of one table).
  • Individuals currently serving in a publicly elected position are not eligible to participate.
  • Individuals applying for the young professional award must be between 24-35 years of age.

When asked what advice she would give to future ATHENA Award recipients, 2015 ATHENA Young Professional recipient Ashley Kasarjian said,“Be authentic and be yourself. Invest your time and your resources, serve on boards and learn more about how you can make your community a better place.”

Kasarjian added, “I’m really passionate about my work on the board of directors of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. It is simply a fact that everyone’s life will improve who has the opportunity to obtain an education. We need to make sure to nurture and support them. So together, we all have to take action and make a difference.”

See what it takes to embody the spirit of ATHENA by learning about all of the 2015 ATHENA recipients:

Questions? Contact Janelle Tassart, Community Relations Director, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, at 602.495.6480 or


About the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Representing 2,400 businesses across Metropolitan Phoenix, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is Arizona’s largest Chamber. The Chamber supports the growth and development of business by offering networking and marketing opportunities, money-saving programs and a voice in government, keeping its members informed, connected and prosperous. The Chamber also enhances members’ success by promoting economic development, entrepreneurship and a connection to the community.

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