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Monday, August 29, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Second Annual ATHENA of Southern Arizona Luncheon

Set to Recognize Outstanding Leadership on the Local and National Level

The 2011 ATHENA of Southern Arizona Award Finalists embody strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment and will be honored in a ceremony hosted by the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) Thursday, September 22 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive, in Tucson.

"These remarkable women contribute in a significant way to business and our communities in Southern Arizona,” said Donna Davis, Chief Executive Officer of ASBA and a previous ATHENA recipient.

This year’s finalists are:

Vicki Began, RN, MN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Nursing at University Medical Center

Mary Darling, Owner of Darling Environmental Surveying, LTD.

Katharine Kent, President of The Solar Store

Nancy Meech, Founding Partner of Heinfeld Meech & Co PC

Marylee Pangman, Owner of The Contained Gardener

Lesli Pintor, Senior Vice President of National Bank of Arizona

Mary Rowley, President and Owner of Strongpoint Public Relations

Soyeon Shim, PH. D., Director of the University of Arizona’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Keri Lazarus Silvyn, Partner at Lewis and Roca LLP and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Imagine Greater Tucson

Janet Woods, Hospital Administrator and Co-Owner of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson

Also being recognized at this year’s event is the Honorable Gabrielle Giffords, United States Congresswomen representing Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, who is this year’s National ATHENA Leadership Award® recipient. The national award is not handed out annually but is reserved to honor unique individuals who have demonstrated leadership at a pinnacle moment in their career.

Giffords was chosen for her leadership example as a member of the United States House of Representatives, the youngest woman elected to the Arizona State Senate, and President and Chief Executive Officer of El Campo Tire, Inc. "There is no question that Congresswoman Giffords has been most courageous. Her spirit and grace has inspired women across our nation to persevere in overcoming obstacles and reach their full leadership potential,” said ATHENA Founder Martha Mayhood Mertz.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® was started 29 years ago to recognize individuals who excel in their profession, go above and beyond in servicing their community and actively mentor women business owners to do the same.

ATHENA International is now a global movement that has fostered leadership recognition, mentoring and training programs in more than 500 U.S. cities and six foreign countries.

The event is expected to sell out so register early for the ATHENA of Southern Arizona Luncheon at or call 520.327.0222.

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