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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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Athena Awards: Women’s Council Board

BOARD OFFICERS   President and Athena Chairwoman Linda Hall, Wakefield Way Consulting Immediate Past President Cynthia Gray, RIT/RGHS Alliance Vice President Lorisa LaRocca, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Treasurer Shelly Marketell, Consultant Secretary Terri Zbick, Lee Hecht Harrison BOARD OF DIRECTORS ...

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Honoring excellence in female leadership

Introduced to Rochester in 1987 by the Women’s Council, an affiliate organization of the Rochester Business Alliance, the Athena Award recognizes local businesswomen who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen fields, ...

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Woman-Owned Businesses

The survey contacted women-owned businesses in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties;ranked by number of local full-time employees.

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Athena Awards letter

It is with great pride that the Rochester Business Alliance and the Women’s Council present our 26th annual Athena Award finalists. Each woman represents leadership at its best, and our community is enriched by their presence and service.   We ...

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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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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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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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