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By Lindsay Hansen - Saturday Aug 19, 2023
The Greater Phoenix Chamber announced the 11 women chosen as finalists for its prestigious 36th Annual ATHENA Awards, continuing its strong tradition of recognizing outstanding Valley businesswomen.

The ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award recognizes a woman in the public and private sectors and highlights an upcoming leader in the Valley as an ATHENA Young Professional. ATHENA finalists are chosen for their excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community, and support and mentorship of others.

The 11 finalists are:

Private Sector finalists:
• Ginger Clayton, CEO, Elontec
• Melody Lewis, Owner & Founder, Indigenous Community Collaborative
• Jen Scrivner, Chief Operating Officer, Goodmans
• Kristen Shroyer, Co-Founder & Chief Impact Officer, ONEHOPE

Public Sector finalists:
• Tara Jackson, President, Arizona Town Hall
• Jeri Royce, President & CEO, Advance Community
• Lorraine Tallman, Founder & CEO, Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels
• Dawn Trapp, CEO, Civitan Foundation, Inc.

Young Professional finalists:
• Ashlee Atkins, Diversity Manager, ASU Enterprise Partners
• Naquana Borrero, CFRE; Director of Development and Communications Jazz in Arizona/The Nash & Owner, Bella Vita Consulting Group
• Heather Vana, Senior Director of External Communications, Avnet

“Spotlighting the women who are moving the Greater Phoenix area forward through the ATHENA Awards program is one of the Chamber’s proudest traditions,” said Todd Sanders, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber. “These women make immeasurable contributions within their companies, their communities, and they are a driving force in making Arizona a top state in the nation. I encourage everyone to join us in November at the ATHENA Awards Luncheon to meet these exceptional leaders.”

The ATHENA Awards highlight women who have achieved the pinnacle of success within their industry, have mentored others throughout their careers, dedicated their time to their community, and are making a difference in the lives of others.

Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber to celebrate outstanding businesswomen in our community and to support all nominees, finalists, and recipients, past and present.

WHO: Three ATHENA Award recipients will be announced during the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards Luncheon.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

REGISTER: Register here | Registration closes on November 3, 2023

QUESTIONS: Email [email protected] with any questions.


About the Greater Phoenix Chamber
Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, create a regional approach to economic development and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.

About the ATHENA Award
The ATHENA Awards, an internationally prized honor, recognizes the achievement of businesswomen across the Greater Phoenix region. ATHENAs are challenged across industries to continue their dedication to leading, serving and mentoring. The award highlights three women every year who are at the top of their field and who invest in their career, their community and especially other women. ATHENAs demonstrate inspiring leadership within their industry, mentor women throughout their career and dedicate themselves to the community.

About the ATHENA Young Professional Award
ATHENA International established an award to honor emerging young leaders in our community. The ATHENA Young Professional Award officially launched at the 2007 International ATHENA Leadership Conference and Phoenix was proud to be one of the first cities to present it within their community. These are the “women to watch.”

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