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2016 Athena Award letter

It is with great pride that the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, the Women’s Council, present the 30th annual Athena Award finalists and the finalists of the Athena Young Professional Award in Rochester. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding leadership in Greater Rochester and empower the next generation of women leaders. Each finalist 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 2016 Athena Awards sponsors:

Founding sponsor: Rochester Business Journal

Title sponsor: First Niagara Bank

Athena Young Professional Award sponsor: University of Rochester – Simon Business School

Premier sponsors
13WHAM ABC, Fox Rochester and CW Rochester
CMI Communications
Dixon Schwabl
Roberts Communication

Sustaining sponsors
Broadstone Real Estate LLC
National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
Samson Fuel & Trucking
Xerox Corp.

Patron sponsors

Five Star Bank
Paychex Inc.
Renaissance Del Monte Lodge & Spa

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 contribution to her organization has produced exceptional results, and their contributions to our community as leaders and as individuals who recognize and embrace 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 30th Annual Athena Awards luncheon at noon, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, as we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s finalists and announce the 2016 Athena Award and Athena Young Professional Award recipients. For tickets or more information, contact Rochester Chamber Director of Events Susan George at (585) 256-4612 or Susan.George@GreaterRochesterChamber.com.

Robert J. Duffy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Wende Knapp, Esq., President, Women’s Council, A Greater Rochester Chamber Affiliate

1/15/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.


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