Congresswoman in line for ATHENA leadership honor on leadership to
go to congresswoman Giffords, aide to receive national awards
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and one of her aides have been
selected to receive national awards.
Giffords was selected for the 2011 National Athena Award, which
is given to female leaders who demonstrate professional excellence,
give back to their communities and assist other women in realizing
their leadership potential.
Athena International will present Giffords' award Sept. 22 at
its awards luncheon at the Westin La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise
The Arizona Small Business Association will host the
Past winners include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg;
Nina Totenberg, a legal affairs correspondent for National Public
Radio; and former NASA astronaut Dr. Sally Ride.
"There is no question that Congresswoman Giffords has been most
courageous. Because of her spirit and grace, she has inspired women
across the nation to persevere in overcoming obstacles and reach
their full leadership potential," said Athena founder Martha
Mayhood Mertz in an Arizona Small Business Association news
Giffords' aide Ron Barber will receive a special recognition
award Aug. 24 at the 2011 Voice Awards in Hollywood, Calif.
Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup and his wife Beth also will be honored
at the Voice Awards.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
will fete Barber at the Voice Awards for promoting mental-health
awareness and understanding.
The group will recognize Walkup and his wife for their efforts
to help Tucson and the nation deal with the Jan. 8 shooting
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