The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce today announced the 11 women chosen as finalists for its prestigious ATHENA Awards as it continues its 29-year tradition of recognizing outstanding Valley businesswomen.

The ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award recognizes a woman in the public and private sector, in addition to highlighting an upcoming leader in the Valley as an ATHENA Young Professional.  ATHENA finalists are chosen for their excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community and support and mentorship of other women. The 11 finalists are:

Private Sector finalists:
     Rebecca Clyde, Ideas Collide
     Nicole Goodwin, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
     Catherine Scrivano, CASCO Financial Group
     Dr. Susan Wilder, LifeScape Premier, LLC & LifeScape Medical Associates

Public Sector finalists:
     Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa Community College District
     Kristine Morris, Maricopa County Education Service Agency
     Carrie Smith, Foundation for Senior Living
     Elena Zee, Arizona Council on Economic Education

Young Professional finalists:
     Catherine Alonzo, Javelina
     Julia Meyerson, Vista College Prep
     Vanessa Valenzuela Erickson, Partnership for Economic Innovation

“All of today’s ATHENA finalists serve as an inspiration for us all. These exemplary professionals are the embodiment of leadership, dedication and integrity,” said Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce CEO Todd Sanders. “Their commitment to inspire, encourage and nurture the limitless potential in others makes our community a much better place.”

The ATHENA Awards highlight women who have achieved the pinnacle of success within their industry, have mentored women throughout their career, and have dedicated their time to their community and making a different in the lives of others. The ATHENA Awards, a program of the international ATHENA organization founded by Martha Mertz in 1982, supports, develops and honors female leaders and pushes them to reach their full potential by invoking the ideals of the Greek goddess of courage, wisdom, arts and science.

Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to help celebrate the outstanding businesswomen in our community and to support all nominees, finalists and recipients past and present.

WHO: Three ATHENA Award recipients will be announced at the Chamber’s 29th Annual ATHENA Awards luncheon.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E. Greenway Parkway | Scottsdale, AZ 85254
REGISTER: | Registration closes on Wednesday, October 19 at 5 p.m.
QUESTIONS: Email or call 602.495.2182 for any questions.

The Chamber congratulates all of the 2016 Nominees:

Catherine Alonzo, Javelina
Gina Apresa, Wells Fargo
Deborah Bateman, National Bank of Arizona
Karen Callahan, Genesis City
Kristi Church, Infinite Reach Agency
Rebecca Clyde, Ideas Collide
January Contreras, Arizona Legal Women & Youth Services
Tracee Crockett, City of Phoenix
Marianne Curran, Big Yam, The Parsons Agency
Ariana Deerman Giudici, Wells Fargo
Meghaen Dell’Artino, Public Policy Partners
Tamara Deuser, Arizona State University
Karen Dickinson, Polsinelli
Rachel Egboro, First Things First
Denise Ensdorff, Arizona Children’s Association
Marchelle Franklin, City of Phoenix Police Department
Nicole Goodwin, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jacki Grainger, Bank of Arizona
Annie Groth, Mass Mutual Financial Group
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa Community College District
Erin Hart, Expect More Arizona
Christina Henderson, Arizona Department of Transportation
Jennifer Holsman Tretreault, US Foods
Maureen Howell, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Deanna Jordan, Arizona Multihousing Association
Kara Kalkbrenner, City of Phoenix Fire Department
Heather Kitsko, Vixxo
Leah Landrum Taylor, Department of Economic Security
Kathy Loscheider, Christian Care/Fellowship Square Phoenix
Julia Meyerson, Vista College Prep
Ashley Miller, Orchard Medical Consulting
Kristine Morris, Maricopa County Education Service Agency
Christine Nowaczyk, Bank of Arizona
Michelle Ogborne, Ogborne Law Firm
Sister Adele O’Sullivan, Circle the City
Allison Otu, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
Janice Palmer, Helios Education Foundation
Dena Patton, Girls Rule Foundation
Catherine Scrivano, CASCO Financial Group
Joey Ridenour, Arizona State Board of Nursing
Stephanie Rimmer, Desert Ridge Community Association
Jennifer Rogers, Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation
Sheila Shedd, Maricopa Community College District
Carrie Smith, Foundation for Senior Living
Nicole Stanton, Quarles & Brady
Sarah Strunk, Fennemore Craig
Donna Tanori, Fry’s Food Stores
Patricia Tate, Casino Arizona/Talking Stick Resort
Tania Torres, Torres Multicultural Communications
Vanessa Valenzuela Erickson, Partnership for Economic Innovation
Stephanie Vasquez, Fair Trade Cafe
Alexi Venneri, Digital Air Strike
Amanda Ventura, Evolve PR and Marketing
Dr. Susan Wilder, LifeScape Premier & LifeScape Medical Associates
Jennifer Witter, Slalom
Elena Zee, Arizona Council on Economic Education

“I am honored and humbled to be a 2016 ATHENA finalist,” said Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick. “To me, the ATHENA Award is a calling to continue my life-long journey to be a leader, mentor, advocate and friend who is committed to living life and doing work with passion, compassion, integrity and generosity.  It’s an esteemed reminder of the important responsibility that we have as women to lift each other up and blaze the trail for those who come behind us just as those before us did.”

“It is beyond humbling to be recognized as part of this group of diverse and accomplished women,” said Nicole Goodwin, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. “ATHENA highlights qualities of service, mentorship and professional excellence, and I am inspired to have my name mentioned in the same breath as the word ATHENA!”

“It is not only a great honor to be named an ATHENA finalist, but also a great responsibility,” said Catherine Alanzo, partner at Javelina. “It is a responsibility to fight harder than ever before to smash open the doors of leadership opportunities for women in the Valley – one I embrace with passion and enthusiasm.”

Concluded Sanders, “These exemplary women represent professional excellence and are truly worthy of the highest praise. It is an honor for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to highlight the leadership, community service and generous contributions of these outstanding women.”


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.

About the ATHENA Award
The ATHENA Award, an honor awarded internationally, recognizes exemplary achievement and challenges its recipients with a continued sense of responsibility, support and leadership. The ATHENA Award honors women who have consistently invested in themselves, their profession, their community, and especially other women. They have achieved the pinnacle of success within their industry, have mentored women throughout their career, and have dedicated themselves to the community through various activities and charities.

About the ATHENA Young Professional Award
ATHENA International established an award to honor emerging young leaders in our community. The ATHENA Young Professional Award officially launched at the 2007 International ATHENA Leadership Conference and Phoenix was proud to be one of the first cities to present it within their community. These are the “women to watch.”

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