ATHENA Awards Celebration of Southern Arizona Call for Nominations
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Posted by: Barbara Daniels, CSMC
BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THE FIRST ANNUAL
AWARD CELEBRATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA AUGUST 26, 2010, IN TUCSON
AZ (Thursday, June 3, 2010)
– The Southern Arizona Regional Office of the Arizona Small Business Association (asba)
is pleased to announce the first annual ATHENA Award Celebration in Tucson, AZ.
The ATHENA Award is the most prestigious
recognition a successful woman in business can receive. This award is bestowed upon an exceptional woman
who has achieved and embodies the highest level of professional excellence in
her business or profession; has devoted time and energy to improve the quality
of life for others in the community through volunteer efforts; and actively
assists and mentors women in realizing their full leadership potential and
attainment of professional goals. The award is highly respected and well-known
throughout the United States and the world.
"We are honored to have
Martha Mayhood Mertz, Founder of ATHENA International and Author of ‘Becoming ATHENA: Eight Principles of
Enlightened Leadership’, as our special guest keynote speaker,” states asba
CEO Donna Davis. In addition, all
attendees with receive a copy of Mertz’s engaging new book, which offers a
distinctive, transforming approach for leading in the 21st century,
including survey research and real-life stories.
Nominations are now being
accepted for the ATHENA Award which will be presented at an inspirational and
celebratory luncheon on Thursday, August 26th at the JW Marriott Starr Pass
Resort. Ten finalists will be selected
and the 2010 ATHENA Award Recipient will be announced and recognized at the
"Tucson already enjoys the
presence of the inaugural State of Arizona ATHENA Recipient, Carmen Bermúdez,
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Mission Management & Trust Company” stated
Martha Mertz. In addition to her
leadership role with Mission, Bermúdez currently serves as the Honorary Consul
to Costa Rica.
"We are honored and thrilled
to have the rights to the ATHENA Award® Program for Southern Arizona as there
are so many amazing, accomplished women in business who are deserving of this
recognition,” states asba CEO Donna Davis, a 2004 ATHENA Recipient. "It’s like
the "Oscars” for women in business. Besides its iconic status, this award is
different than other awards because the recipient has to demonstrate success
and significant contributions in three selection criteria: is at the pinnacle
of success in her chosen career or profession; actively mentors other women;
and is highly involved in serving her community.”
The ATHENA Award was first
presented in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan and has grown to include presentations
to more than 5,000 individuals in hundreds of cities in the United States as
well as in Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. The award takes the
form of a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage and
wisdom of the recipient.
The Greater Tucson Chapter of
Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) will proudly
present the ‘NAWBO Business Woman of the Year Award’ during the ATHENA Award®
The Southern Arizona ATHENA Recipient
will be invited to join the thousands of ATHENA Award Recipients worldwide,
along with other business owners and professionals, at the annual International
ATHENA Leadership Conference.
Nominations will be accepted through
Friday, July 9, 2010 and forms may be obtained by contacting the Arizona Small Business
Association (asba) at 520-327-0222, or visit www.azathena.com.
For more information about ATHENA
International and the ATHENA Award program, visit www.athenainternational.org.
The ATHENA Awards® Program is
made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and partners, including Tucson Newspapers
Daily Star, SCF
Arizona, Arizona Small Business Benefits (asbb),
BBB of Southern
Bank of Arizona, Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona,
and NAWBO® Greater Tucson.
About asba – For nearly 40 years, asba
has been creating opportunities for businesses to make money, save money and
achieve amAZing results. With a
membership of almost 5,000 businesses representing over 300,000 employees, asba
is the second largest trade association in the state and the only statewide
association dedicated to serving small businesses. From outstanding value to an extensive range
of support and services, asba is committed to making Arizona the best place for
launching and growing your business. For more information or sponsorship opportunities,
please call 520-327-0222, or visit www.asba.com.
Join asba! Be amAZed®.