January 2017   

ATHENA Film Festival

  Now in its seventh year, the  Athena Film Festival  - a celebration of women and leadership - is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries
and shorts that highlight women's leadership in real life and the fictional world.  


As an official community partner,
ATHENA International invites you to a special viewing of Custody
with Academy Award Nominee, Viola Davis!

The festival will be held  Feb. 9 - 12, 2017 in the heart of New York - at Barnard, the most sought-after women's college in the nation.

As an ATHENA International attendee, please use the offer code 17GRPAFF when purchasing your pass for Custody. 

Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce names Adrienne Andrews the 2017 ATHENA Award Recipient   
Adrienne Andrews, Chief Diversity Officer at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and 2017  ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient, presented by the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce.
Adrienne Gillespie Andrews was selected as the first ever Chief Diversity Officer at Weber State University in May 2015. 

Andrews earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Ethnic Studies and Spanish in 1993 from the University of Utah (U of U). While there,  
Andrews has worked in a variety of government, higher education and non-profit capacities including as the Director of the Center for Youth Policy and Programs for the State of New Jersey; Staff Associate in the New Jersey Department of State; Political Science Instructor at Rutger's; Women's Studies Instructor at MSUM; graduate associate and research associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Center for American Women and Politics; among other positions.                                   

A native Utahan, Andrews was raised in Davis County and has a long history of advocacy in social justice and inclusion work with a special capacity for community building, making her an excellent fit for this exciting position.  Andrews currently serves as a member of the Utah Governor's Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission and  has previously served on the Boards of  Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah and for the American Red Cross of Northern Utah where she chaired the Celebration of Heroes fundraiser.  


(Melizsa Campos, left, Nannette Nocon, right. Photo cred: Rochester Business Journal
Nannette Nocon, private wealth adviser for Nocon & Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., received the 2017 Athena Award at a luncheon Thursday. 
More than 800 people attended the event honoring Nocon and the other finalists at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

In accepting the award, Nocon said she thought of herself as "Rochester's adopted daughter," as she was born in the Philippines. She immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with her mother and four siblings.
Among her roles in community service are a volunteer for Young Women's College Prep Inc., past board member and current honorary trustee of Geva Theatre C enter, past board member of the Little Theatre, past board member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc., past board member of the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., past board member of the Friendly Home, and past board member of the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Nocon is a board member for WXXI and a host and producer for the "It's About Money" segment for PCTV.

The Women's Council also honored Melisza Campos, Dale Carnegie vice president of operations and instruction master trainer, with the third annual Athena Young Professional Award.
As she accepted her award, Campos thanked her family and her mother in particular, saying that "the apple didn't fall far from the tree" and crediting her mother's example as a strong influence. 
Campos is a former commissioner of Rochester City School District, board member of the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., board member for WXXI, council member for SUNY Geneseo College and Frederick H. Minett professor for RIT.

The Rochester Business Journal is founding sponsor of the Athena Awards.
ATHENA International Founding Lifetime Members
We are pleased to announce that our membership goal of 100  ATHENA International Founding Lifetime Member   has been reached! This program was designed for those who wish to support ATHENA International and leadership programs for women internationally. In addition it is for those who wish to honor an important woman/girl in their life. 
We thank our emerging woman leaders learning the ropes, and experienced woman leaders championing programs. 
To learn about the ATHENA International Founding Lifetime Member, see  information and benefits.
Women's Chamber of Commerce of Nevada Presents 13th Annual ATHENA Award  


The Women's Chamber of Commerce of Nevada celebrated the 13th Annual ATHENAâ„¢ Leadership Awards being held on in Las Vegas. The theme for this event is "Achieving Your Dreams through Education." The Athena International Awards Black Tie Gala is a fundraising this year with net proceeds going to benefit women and "At Risk" female high school graduates in way of scholarships for higher  education and postsecondary education through the WCCNV Legacy foundation 501(c) (3) charity. 

The ATHENA Leadership Award was presented to Karla Perez.
In her current role, Karla provides oversight to the operations of Spring Valley, Summerlin, Desert Springs, Valley, 
Centennial Hills, Henderson Hospital Medical Centers in Las Vegas, Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, and Northern 
Nevada Medical Center in Sparks, Nevada. Karla has worked in the Las Vegas co mmunity for over 30 years, beginning 
her career in 1983 as a medical record clerk at Valley Hospital. Through the years, she assumed a wide variety of duties  ranging from business development to overall hospital operations. 
These responsibilities have allowed her to advance her  career with numerous  promotions over the years to her previous positions as CEO of Desert Springs Hospital and Spring  Valley Hospital. In those roles, she was named to the 2002 UHS Chairman's Council, a recognition reserved for the  top CEOs in the company. She rep eated that recognition again in 2006 and in 2007. She was also the recipient of the  Eagle Award from Universal Health Services, an award given to CEOs for achievement of excellence and commitment.

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership was  presented to Angela Go of  Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern, CPAs. 
Ms. Go is an audit manager with the firm Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern. She has been with the firm since September 2006 and prior to that worked in the retail industry for 13 years, several of those years were in management positions. She is involved in audit, review, compilation, and other attest services for a wide-range of clients in the government, not-for-profit and casino resort industries, and has significant experience in grant compliance auditing . Ms. Go has experience in financial statement preparation and accounting research for a wide variety of clients. She has been involved extensively in audit and other attest function and accounting services.  Ms. Go is originally from Chicago and graduated with honors from Wilbur Wright College with her Associates in Science (pre-pharmacy emphasis). In 2006, she graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix, Las Vegas, with a BS in Business Administration (accounting emphasis).

The ATHENA Leadership Organizational Award was presented to the Women's Leadership Conference, MGM Foundation   .
The Women's Leadership Conference is a two-day event held in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Grand Conference Center featuring acclaimed keynote leaders; instructional workshops; interview and panel discussions with diverse and nationally recognized speakers; entertainment and more. The conference is open t o women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, locally and nationally, and men who support them. The Women's Leadership Conference marks a major milestone in 2016, celebrating 10 years of unique programming, providing women from all walks of life with education and development opportunities that specifically addressed the dynamic needs of both emerging and established women professionals. 

ATHENA International Has a NEW Mailing Address 

Happy 2017! Please note that  ATHENA International has a new mailing address: 
ATHENA International
106 W. Calendar Ave. #148
La Grange, IL 60525-2325

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Board of Directors

Judith Lancaster  
Janine Janosky
1st Vice-Chair

Mary MacLaren
2nd Vice-Chair

Cathleen Harris
Tiffany Hughes
Martha Mertz

Christine Brown
Director Emeritus

KL Daly

Joselyn DiPetta
Joanne Eberhardt

Janet Green

Ruth E. Johnson
Karen Keene
Jan Maddox
Immediate Past Chair

Jan Davies McDermott
Colleen Mezler

Carla R. Michelotti
Director Emeritus

Debbie Peterson

Patricia Pierce
Director Emeritus

Ann Playter

Kristine Quade

Norma Rist
Past Chair 
Director Emeritus
Ellen Ruddock
Past Chair   
Director Emeritus 

Linda Peek Schacht
William Shivers

Debra Adams Simmons
Past Chair 
Director Emeritus  
Linda Stevenson
Lolita Toney

Brittany Zaehringer
Yvonne Wood
Past Chair
Director Emeritus 
Andrea Conner
President & Executive Director

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  Supporting, developing and honoring women leaders. 
  Inspiring women to achieve their full potential.
  Creating balance in leadership worldwide.