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Woodhull to receive national Athena award

The presentation will be made during the Athena Foundation’s national conference, to be held May 16-18 in Rochester.
The award recognizes those who have opened doors for women in business and the professions. Previous recipients are Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg, legal correspondent for National Public Radio.
A former editor with Gannett Rochester Newspapers, Woodhull is a senior vice president of the Freedom Forum–formerly the Gannett Foundation–and executive director of the Forum’s Media Studies Center. She also is president of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls and a scholar-in-residence at the University of Rochester.
“I’m elated and honored,” Woodhull said of the Athena Award.
In a phone interview, Woodhull, 51, reflected on the burgeoning opportunities available to women today. But more important than the externals, she said, are the changes in women’s attitudes.
“Today’s women have the ability and self- esteem to see past the obstacles to find the opportunities,” she said.
In 1982, Woodhull helped found USA Today and later became president of Gannett News Service.
In 1990, she was named executive vice president and editor-in-chief of five magazines owned by Time Inc. Two years later, she returned to Rochester and founded Nancy Woodhull & Associates Inc., to advise media and Fortune 500 companies on consumer and media trends.
Woodhull is scheduled to accept her award May 16 at a banquet at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The three-day conference–coordinated locally by the Women’s Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.–also will include lunch with Connie Glaser, co-author of “Swim with the Dolphins,” and Laura Liswood, director of the Women’s Leadership Project and author of “Women World Leaders.”
Today, more than 350 cities–including Rochester–present Athena Awards.
In January, Rochester marked the 10th year of its Athena program, which is presented annually by the Women’s Council, the Rochester Business Journal and the Plaza Group.
For conference ticket information, call the Women’s Council at 454-2220.
(Rose Ericson is a Rochester-area free-lance writer.)


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