The ATHENA Award is presented to one exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in her/his business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, and has assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential.
The ATHENA Award, started in Lansing, Michigan in 1982, is presented in hundreds of cities in the United States and Canada. The award takes the form of a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage, and wisdom of the recipient. Slidell believes in the values underlying the ATHENA Foundation's philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities, and our government. The Spirit of the ATHENA Award program is captured in a quotation from Plato. "What is honored in a country will be cultivated there." By honoring exceptional leaders, others will be encouraged to excel.
In 2011, the East St. Tammany Chamber also added the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. This award honors emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession, provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her community and clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.
Past Athena Leadership Award Recipients
|1989||Carol Wolfram||2006||Irma Cry|
|1990||Gilda Perkins||2007||Dr. Jeanne Reeves|
|1991||Patricia Hedges||2008||Brenda Case|
|1992||Judy Wood||2009||Mary DuBuisson|
|1993||Marilyn Faust||2010||Sylvia Stanton Black|
|1995||Stephanie Schedler||2011||Sharon Newton|
|1996||Dr. Joan Archer||2012||Tara Ingram Hunter|
|1997||Suzanne Parsons Stymiest||2013||Kim Harbison|
|2004||Lydia Alford||2014||Kathy Lowery|
|2005||Pearl Williams||2015||Laurie Jugan|
Past ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipients
|2011||Linda K. Larkin|
|2013||S. Michele Blanchard|