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Wage discrimination: A bread-and-butter problem

Nearly 1 billion women are expected to enter the workforce in the next decade, reports show. The surge is predicted to improve both gender equality and global economic growth.   Yet while women hold nearly half of today’s jobs and ...

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Program fosters passion for leadership in young women

Nurturing and supporting young women in the Greater Rochester area who aspire to become our future leaders has been one of the Women’s Council’s longstanding missions. In an effort to promote these young women of promise, the Women’s Council introduced ...

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Athena Award Selection Committee

Linda Becker President, Healthcare Benefits Network Paul Burgett Vice president, senior advisor to the president and university dean, University of Rochester Peter Carpino President, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Lauren Dixon CEO, Dixon Schwabl Advertising Inc. Hilda Escher President ...

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Previous Athena Award Recipients

2012: Judith Ford Baumhauer M.D. University of Rochester Medical Center 2011: Kitty Van Bortel Van Bortel Ford, Van Bortel Subaru and Van Bortel Used Car Center 2010: Jennifer Leonard Rochester Area Community Foundation 2009: Holly Hillberg Johnson and Johnson 2008: ...

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2013 Athena Award letter

It is with great pride that the Rochester Business Alliance and the Women’s Council present our 27th annual Athena Award finalists. Each woman represents leadership at its best, and our community is enriched by her presence and service.   We ...

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Finalists to take home signature art piece

Each Athena finalist receives a signature art piece designed and created by glass artist Nancy Gong specifically for this award. Gong has received worldwide acclaim for her architectural art glass designs. She may be most often recognized in Rochester for ...

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Athena Planning Committee

CHAIRS Linda Hall, co-chair, Wakefield Way Consulting Lorisa LaRocca Esq., chair, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP MEMBERS Julie Bazan, Manning & Napier Advisors LLC Jan Bent, Context Driven Strategy Ellen Brenner, Fleet Feet Sports Kelly Gagan, Nazareth College of Rochester Susan ...

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Women’s Council 2013 Board of Directors

OFFICERS President Linda Hall, Wakefield Way Consulting Vice President Lorisa LaRocca Esq., Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Treasurer Shelly Marketell, Eastman Kodak Co. Secretary Kelly Mueller, American Diabetes Association DIRECTORS Rachel Baker August, Seneca Park Zoo Society Cynthia Gray, RIT/RGHS Alliance ...

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Saluting trailblazers, inspiring others

Supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential and creating balance in leadership worldwide is the mission of Athena International, an organization founded in 1982, which first developed the Athena Leadership Award.   Since the ...

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The RBA and the Women’s Council present the Athena Award finalists

RACHEL BAKER AUGUST Executive director Seneca Park Zoo Society Education: B.A., Ithaca College; MPA, SUNY College at Brockport Family: Partner, Len Parker; daughter, 23; son, 19 Professional and community leadership: President/owner, RB Marketing Solutions Inc.; member, marketing committee, Rochester Area ...

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Using emotion judiciously, staying true to self

Roughly a month ago, attorney Sharon Stiller had to catch an early flight for a deposition on Long Island. Mechanical problems with the aircraft caused a delay, and when Stiller finally arrived, opposing counsel declined to conduct the deposition.   ...

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Powerful words of wisdom shape lives, careers

Mary-Beth Cooper received the best advice in her youth. It came from her father: To see value in believing in yourself.   Cooper, senior vice president of student affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology, says that advice has always proved ...

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2012 RBJ Forty Under 40 inductees

Mark Allen Senior vice president JPMorgan Chase & Co. Age: 34 Education: B.A., finance, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Family: Wife, Leslie; son, 4; daughter, 2 Residence: Fairport Professional responsibilities: Responsible for ...

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Grooming the next generation for leadership roles

A Boy Scout is on his way to earn an Explorer badge by helping to design and construct a bridge. For Allen Rossignol, mentoring this boy and developing his leadership skills is important, because he represents the next generation.   ...

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RBJ Forty Under 40 Contents, Judges

This publication recognizes the honorees of the 18th annual Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 awards, a group of young leaders who have made significant contributions to the Rochester community. The Rochester Business Journal and sponsors the Bonadio Group, First ...

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