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The Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards program recognizes and celebrates the achievements of businesswomen across the Greater Phoenix region. The ATHENA Award, an internationally prized honor, recognizes women who demonstrate excellence in professional leadership, community service, and mentorship of future leaders.

Each year, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards highlight three women at the top of their field, who demonstrate inspiring leadership within their industry, mentor women throughout their career, and act as dedicated community servants.

Over the past 34 years, 62 accomplished and compassionate Valley businesswomen have earned the title of ATHENA.

The role of the ATHENA Award recipients:
The mission of the ATHENA Award program is “to become the foremost agent of change by helping individuals and organizations open doors of leadership opportunity to women.” That philosophy of leadership has been a call to action for Valley recipients after they receive this prestigious honor. Often, they are asked to donate their time, talent, and leadership skills to our community. Examples of involvement include speaking engagements, acting as a spokeswoman for the ATHENA program, writing guest editorials, mentoring future leaders, and continued participation in the Chamber’s ATHENA program.

Becoming an ATHENA:
Leadership: ATHENAs demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession in the Greater Phoenix area
Mentorship: ATHENAs assist others (both internally and externally) to reach their full leadership potential
Community Service: ATHENAs devote consistent and continuous time and energy to improve the quality of life for others

When are nominations?
Nominations are accepted in June of each year.
Who can nominate?
Women can be nominated by anyone or self-nominate.
What is required?
Nominated women submit a written application sharing how they fulfill the qualities of an ATHENA. Applicants must also be available to participate in key points in the process.
When is the awards luncheon?
Held annually in October/November, the ATHENA Awards Luncheon features the stories of each ATHENA finalist and why she is recognized leader, community servant, and Valley role model.
How do I get more information?
For more information, email or call 602.495.2182

Meet our past ATHENAs:

Full list:

  • Wendy Akbar
  • Catherine Alonzo
  • Rachel Bennett-Yanof
  • Mary Lou Bessette
  • Jacki Bowers
  • Pearl Chang Esau
  • Rebecca Clyde
  • Ina Mae Copeland
  • Susan Cordts
  • Donna Davis
  • Barb Dawson
  • Kathleen Duffy Ybarra
  • Shelly Esque
  • Kathryn Forbes
  • Leah Fregulia
  • Nedra Halley
  • Nora Hannah
  • Maria Harper-Marinick
  • Janet Hemmerle
  • Becky Jackson
  • Michelle Just
  • Ashley Kasarjian
  • Courtney Klein
  • Sharon Knutson-Felix
  • Kathy Kolbe
  • Drena Kusari
  • Kimber Lanning
  • Candace Lew
  • Jamie Lyons
  • Anne Mariucci
  • Martha Martinez
  • Carrie Martz
  • Christy McClendon
  • Tammy McLeod
  • Anne McNamara
  • Christy Moore
  • Margaret Mullen
  • Ingrid Murro
  • Darlene Newsom
  • Deborah Ostreicher
  • Mi-Ai Parrish
  • Suzanne Pearl
  • Connie Phillips
  • Andrea Pursley
  • Barbara Ralston
  • Denise Resnik
  • Eileen Rogers
  • Melissa Sanderson
  • Mary Ellen Simonson
  • Marie Sullivan
  • Terri Waibel
  • Nancy White
  • Tamara Woodbury