NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2013 ATHENA AWARDS
As of May 1, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the prestigious ATHENA Award and the ATHENA Young Professional Award.
Presented annually by the Chamber, these awards recognize individuals for professional excellence, community service, mentoring, and active assistance in helping women attain professional excellence and leadership skills.
Additional details and nomination forms can be found on the nomination page. All nominations must be received by Friday, May 24.
ATHENA® and ATHENA® Young Professional Awards
The prestigious ATHENA Award honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership in their professional field, mentored and opened doors of opportunities for women, and contributed time and talent to the community. Nine prominent community and business leaders were nominated for the award this year, the 23rd year the award has been presented in the greater Grand Rapids community. The ATHENA Award and ATHENA Young Professional Award are programs of ATHENA International, an organization dedicated to supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential, and creating balance in leadership worldwide.
2012 ATHENA® Award Recipient: CAROLE VALADE
Congratulations to Carole Valade, editor at Gemini Publications! She has been a true champion for women business owners throughout the state and a role model as a woman of strength and character in leadership. Read more about Carole and her significant achievements!
2012 ATHENA® Young Professional Award Recipient: MILINDA YSASI CASTANON
Congratulations to Milinda Ysasi Castañon, Human Resources Consultant for Herman Miller, who was presented with the ATHENA® Young Professional Award by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Milinda holds a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and is the board chair for the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. She serves on the board for the YWCA of West Central Michigan and is the professional development chair for BL²END.