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Athena Award Recipients

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 Then at Carestream Health Inc. 2008 Ruth Lawrence M.D. University of Rochester Medical Center ...

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Voices of experience: Focus on the big picture

Carolyn Portanova wishes she had been a more serious student as an undergraduate at Penn State University.   "I was a good student, but I don’t think I took my studies seriously enough," says the recently retired president and CEO ...

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Trailblazers continue to inspire, wield influence

As more women step into leadership roles, trailblazers of yore and leaders of today continue to wield influence and offer inspiration as role models.   "I tried to be a better and wiser person, learning from past mistakes and past ...

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Voices of experience: Focus on the big picture

Carolyn Portanova wishes she had been a more serious student as an undergraduate at Penn State University.   "I was a good student, but I don’t think I took my studies seriously enough," says the recently retired president and CEO ...

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Public realm accepts, embraces female leadership

When Brighton Supervisor Sandra Frankel first ran for the position in 1991, no woman had ever been supervisor in the town’s 177-year history.   "When I first ran for town supervisor, going door to door, talking to residents, a question ...

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Young Women of Distinction continues to cultivate leaders

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, and in 2000 the Young Women of Distinction Award was introduced. Embodying the philosophical ...

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Athena Awards: Glass artist creates gifts for finalists

Each Athena finalist receives a signature art piece that has been designed and created by glass artist Nancy Gong specifically for this award. Nancy has received worldwide acclaim for her architectural art glass designs and is perhaps most often recognized ...

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2012 Athena Awards finalists

Kimberlie Ann Barrett President/broker/owner Magellan Inc. Real Estate and Relocation Education: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology Family: Husband, Anthony Meleo; two sons, 35 and 19; two daughters, 26 and 21 Professional and community leadership: Managing member, Eastman Management Limited Liability ...

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Setting the stage for valuable relationships

Entertaining clients or prospective customers can be a pleasant and rewarding experience, given the right venue. Meeting for breakfast, lunch or dinner-plus or minus a congenial round of golf-helps build positive relationships that can lead to enhanced business opportunities, some ...

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Playing in politics to strengthen community

When Melisza Campos was growing up, her mother told her she had the right heart and the right mind for politics. Years later, Campos would find herself following her mother’s advice and running for a position on the Rochester school ...

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Lessons learned on the job get a thumbs-up

Jason Wood was ready to conquer the world when he was done with college. But he still had more to learn.   "When I got into the workforce, I realized my professors did not teach me all the skills I ...

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Forty Under 40: Jon Alhart

Public relations supervisor Dixon Schwabl Advertising Inc. Age: 32 Education: B.S., television-radio, Ithaca College Family: Wife, Valerie Residence: Penfield Professional responsibilities: A founder of T.I.P.S., Dixon Schwabl’s integrated approach to digital marketing. Helps to bring new business to the agency. ...

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Forty Under 40: Elizabeth Alexander

Nurse manager of medical-surgical units Thompson Health Age: 31 Education: B.S., nursing, Elmira College; M.S., leadership in health care systems, University of Rochester Family: Husband, Matt Residence: Rochester Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the daily operations of two busy medical-surgical units. ...

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Forty Under 40: Patrick Ahern

Senior vice president, business development Brand Integrity Inc. Age: 38 Education: B.A., English, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio Family: Wife, Amy; son, 4; twin son and daughter, 3; daughter, 1 month Residence: Pittsford Professional responsibilities: Oversees account management, sales and marketing ...

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Forty Under 40: Class of 2011

Patrick Ahern Senior vice president, business development Brand Integrity Inc. Age: 38 Education: B.A., English, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio Family: Wife, Amy; son, 4; twin son and daughter, 3; daughter, 1 month Residence: Pittsford Professional responsibilities: Oversees account management, sales ...

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