Arizona has a rich history of women breaking barriers, building legacies, and making our state a better place to live, work, and play.

The first female justice for the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is a proud Arizonan. Our first female governor, Governor Rose Mofford, was the tenth female governor in the nation. Arizona has always been a state where women are embraced as leaders.

Our state is full of female trailblazers. In 1998, Arizona was the first state in the country to have women simultaneously hold the top elected state offices. At the time, they were referred to as the “Fab Five.” This esteemed group included Governor Jane Hull, Secretary of State Betsey Bayless, state Attorney General Janet Napolitano, state Treasurer Carol Springer, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan.

These five women were influential in our state—and made national headlines for being an all-female executive team.

It’s no secret that female leaders push organizations, policies, and our economy forward in a dynamic way. And I know that the future of our businesses, our community, and our economic success is one where women have an equal voice at the table as leaders and future leaders.

For more than thirty years, the Chamber has highlighted the most accomplished women in the Valley through our ATHENA Awards—the longest standing ATHENA Awards program in Arizona.

We proudly host one of the largest and most established ATHENA programs in the country, and our honorees never cease to impress. Through our ATHENA Awards, we uniquely recognize the valuable contributions of female leaders from across the Greater Phoenix region. Our ATHENAs include leaders in technology and innovation, educators, and dedicated community servants—all of whom are elevating our business community.

This year, we are honored to continue the tradition of the ATHENA Awards, and of Arizona.  We look forward to hosting our 33rd Annual ATHENA Awards in the fall, either together in-person or virtually, to continue celebrating businesswomen—those leading organizations and those rising stars who will carry our community into the future.

I hope you’ll join me this year in celebrating the women in our community by nominating these individuals for the 2020 ATHENA Awards program. You can nominate them online at www.phoenixchamber.com/athenanominations.

Posted by Danny Imes