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Athena Awards Letter

It is with great pride that the Rochester Business Alliance and its affiliate, the Women’s Council, present the 29th Annual Athena Award finalists and the inaugural finalists of the Athena Young Professional Award in Rochester. Each woman represents the Athena leadership model at its best, and our community benefits greatly from their excellence, service and vision.

In addition, we appreciate the tremendous generosity of our sponsors whose contributions allow us to enrich the Athena Awards program each year. Our sincere gratitude goes to the following 2015 Athena Awards sponsors:

 Founding sponsor: Rochester Business Journal

 Title sponsor: First Niagara

 Athena Young Professional Award sponsor: KeyBank

 Premier sponsors
13WHAM ABC, Fox Rochester and CW Rochester
Dixon Schwabl
Moment Driven Media Productions

 Sustaining sponsors
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Paychex Inc.

 Patron sponsors
Five Star Bank
Generations Child Care
Renaissance Del Monte Lodge & Spa
Saunders College of Business at RIT
Tompkins Bank of Castile
Xerox Corp.

The women profiled in this special supplement of the Rochester Business Journal represent nearly every sector of our business community including corporate, entrepreneurial, education, legal, health care and not-for-profit organizations. Each finalist’s contributions to her organization has produced exceptional results, and her contributions to our community as a leader and as an individual who recognizes and embraces the importance of assisting other women in their personal and professional development cannot be overstated.
The Athena Awards program is a tribute to all who participate, including our outstanding finalists and their nominators. We thank the community for its continued support and participation.
As you read and learn more about the Athena Awards finalists, we know you will agree that they are outstanding examples of achievement and leadership. We invite you to join us for the 29th Annual Athena Awards luncheon at noon, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, as we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s finalists and announce the 2015 Athena Award and Athena Young Professional Award recipients. For tickets or more information, contact Rochester Business Alliance Corporate Events Manager Susan George at (585) 256-4612 or Susan.George@RBAlliance.com.


Robert J. Duffy                    Lorisa D. LaRocca
President and Chief Executive Officer            President
Rochester Business Alliance                Women’s Council
A Rochester Business Alliance affiliate


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