The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will continue the tradition of honoring 11 Valley businesswomen at its 29th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon. The ATHENA Award, an honor awarded internationally, recognizes women who have consistently invested in their careers, their community, and especially other women.

WHAT: The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the achievements of this year’s recipients, finalists and nominees. The highlight of the event will be the announcement of the award recipients: Two finalists will receive the ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award (one woman in the private sector and one woman in the public sector) and one finalist will receive the ATHENA Young Professional Award.
WHERE: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa | 6902 E Greenway Parkway | Scottsdale, AZ 85254
WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
10:30 – 11 a.m.:  Registration and networking
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.:  Lunch and Awards program
MEDIA: All media are invited to attend. Contact Jill Brownley at to set up an interview with any of the finalists.
QUESTIONS: Call 602-495-2182 or email

Words to live by: 2016 ATHENA Award finalists share their inspiration
ATHENA finalists are chosen for their dedication to leadership, community and mentorship of other women. But inspiration is behind everything they do and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce wanted to uncover what inspires each of these exemplary women and share their words of wisdom. Each finalist has a unique perspective that speaks to their passion, as well as encourages them and those around them. To learn more about the inspirations of the 11 finalists, visit

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

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

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

Congratulations to the 2016 Community Legacy Honoree
At the ATHENA Awards Luncheon, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will also recognize former Gov. Jane Dee Hull as its 2016 Community Legacy Honoree. From being the first female speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives to being the first woman elected governor of the Grand Canyon State, trailblazer Jane Dee Hull truly embodies the leadership and dedication recognized by the Community Legacy Honor.

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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