Josh Coddington
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August 22, 2017

(PHOENIX) – The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce today announced the 11 women chosen as finalists for its prestigious 30th Anniversary ATHENA Awards, continuing its strong tradition of recognizing outstanding Valley businesswomen.

The ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award recognizes a woman in the public and private sectors, 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:
Private Sector finalists:
Susan Anable, Cox Communications
Roopali Desai, Coppersmith Brockelman PCL
Judith Dworkin, Sacks Tierney P.A.
Mi-Ai Parrish, Republic Media

Public Sector finalists:
Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage
Michelle Just, Beatitudes Campus
Jodi Liggett, Planned Parenthood Arizona
Kate Wells, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Young Professional finalists:
Michelle Donati-Grayman, AAA Arizona
Drena Kusari Berisha, Lyft
Jenny Poon, CO+HOOTS

“We have an amazing group of finalists this year representing the absolute best of our region in not only achieving success for themselves and their companies, but also mentoring others along the way,” said Todd Sanders, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “Congratulations to all of our 30th Anniversary ATHENA Awards finalists.”

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 celebrate outstanding businesswomen in our community and to support all nominees, finalists and recipients past and present.

WHO: Three ATHENA Awards recipients will be announced during the 30th Annual ATHENA Awards luncheon.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E. Greenway Parkway | Scottsdale, AZ 85254
REGISTER: Register here | Registration closes on Monday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m.
QUESTIONS: Email or call 602.495.2182 for any questions.

Finalist reactions:

“I’m fortunate to have been mentored by many women who embody the ATHENA spirit and have imparted it on me throughout my career. The ATHENA Award represents everything I aspire to be as a woman and professional. It’s an honor to be on this impressive list of women who have made their mark in business and in our community.” – Michelle Donati-Grayman, Communications Manager, AAA Arizona

“I’m blessed to have so many remarkable women in my personal and professional life as guiding lights, inspirations, partners and friends. They are extraordinary exemplifications of the ATHENA leadership model. Being an ATHENA finalist feels like a way to say thank you to all of them for all they’ve done for me and so many other women.” – Mi-Ai Parrish, President, Republic Media

The Chamber congratulates all of the ATHENA 30th Anniversary Nominees:

Susan Anable, Cox Communications
Jaime Aragon, Planned Parenthood Arizona
Lauren Bailey, Upward Projects
Jennifer Bonnett, JHB Executive Consultants
Angelina Bravo, Salt River Project
Tess Burleson, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
Christina Burroughs, Miller Russell Associates
Imelda Castro, Intel Corporation
Shannon Clancy, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Jaime Daddona, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Roopali Desai, Coppersmith Brockelman
Michelle Donati-Grayman, AAA Arizona
Judith Dworkin, Sacks Tierney P.A.
Sophie Etchart, Read Better Be Better
Stephenie Gloden, MobileLogix
Gina Godbehere, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
Elyse Guidas, Discovery Triangle Development Corporation
Emily Anne Gullickson, Arizona Chamber Foundation, A for Arizona
Beth Harmon-Vaughan, Gensler
Rosary Hernandez, Tiffany & Bosco
Kate Hinkle, Theater Works
Kim Ho Hamby, WebPT
Angela Hughey, ONE Community Foundation
Liz Illig, Puff & Fluff Grooming & Pet Sitting
Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage
Michelle Just, Beatitudes Campus
Kelly Kaysonepheth, AZTEC Engineering Group
Drena Kusari, Lyft
Ashley Law, Arizona State University
Jodi Liggett, Planned Parenthood Arizona
Katherine Little, PetSmart
Jodi Low, U & Improved
Sara Mayer, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Kara McAllister-Dommel, Hair Again Salon
Wendy Miller, Challenge Charter School
Audry Monell, Forrest Anderson Plumbing & Air Conditioning
Nina Mullins, Salt River Project
Grace O’Sullivan, Arizona State University
Mi-Ai Parrish, Republic Media
Shelby Pedersen, ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth
Jenny Poon, CO+HOOTS Coworking
Jarrett Ransom, The Rayvan Group
Jennifer Rogers, GCON, INC.
Terry Roman, Snell & Wilmer
Abbey Ross, New Way Academy
Rebekah Singh, National Bank of Arizona
Constance St. Germain, University of Phoenix
Torrie Taj, Child Crisis Arizona
Rachel Tarman, Thomas Title & Escrow
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Karrin Taylor Robson, Arizona Strategies
Alexi Venneri, Digital Air Strike
Kate Wells, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Ann Wheat, Duet: Partners in Health & Aging
Tanya Wheeless, Happy Grace, LLC.
Barbara Whye, Intel Corporation
Claire Zimmerman, United Health Group


About the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, create a regional approach to economic development and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.

About the ATHENA Award
The ATHENA Awards, an internationally prized honor, recognizes the achievement of businesswomen across the Greater Phoenix region. ATHENAs are challenged across industries to continue their dedication to leading, serving and mentoring. The award highlights three women every year who are at the top of their field and who invest in their career, their community and especially other women. ATHENAs demonstrate inspiring leadership within their industry, mentor women throughout their career and dedicate themselves to the community.

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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