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January Women Build Kickoff Date: January Organization: Flower City Habitat for Humanity Location: Habitat office, 755 Culver Road Time: TBD Price: N/A Estimated attendance: N/A Purpose: Teams of women raise funds for an all-female-constructed home. Corporate support needed: Sponsor a ...

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Athena Awards RBA letter

  The Rochester Business Alliance and the Women’s Council present with great pride our 25th Annual Athena Award Finalists. Each woman is an example of leadership at its best, and our community is enriched by their presence and service. We ...

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Artist Nancy Gong makes Athena gifts

The Athena finalists’ Art Glass Blessings have been designed and created by glass artist Nancy Gong. Nancy is best known worldwide for her architectural art glass designs in smalti mosaics, leaded, chipped and painted glass. The design celebrates the ancient ...

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Women’s Council Board

BOARD OFFICERS President Cynthia Gray, RIT & RGHS Alliance Immediate Past President Laura O’Neill Habza, Eastman Kodak Co. Vice President Linda Hall, Wakefield Way Consulting Treasurer Kathleen Bell, Rochester Institute of Technology Secretary Terri Zbick, Lee Hecht Harrison   BOARD ...

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Award salutes outstanding leaders

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

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Where are they now? Still upholding Athena values

Whether starting new careers or moving to other cities for new opportunities, past Athena Award winners continue to uphold the values of the honor. From sharpening mentoring skills to evoking feelings of sisterhood, award winners’ careers and lives have also ...

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Female role models share wisdom, offer inspiration

Before becoming president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Villa, Christina Gullo worked under Carolyn Portanova’s guidance for 15 years. Portanova, president and CEO of Catholic Family Center, allowed Gullo to learn from mistakes and gave her the autonomy she needed ...

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25 Years of Athena International in Rochester: The finalists

NANCY BENNETT M.D. Professor of medicine, community and preventive medicine; director, Center for Community Health; associate vice president, University of Rochester Medical Center Education: B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.D., New York University School of Medicine; M.S., Columbia University School of ...

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A milestone in honoring excellence, leadership

Blizzard-like conditions last month nearly brought traffic to a crawl. While courage may have been hard for most drivers to summon, the founders of Rochester’s Athena Award were determined to forge ahead, just as they did in the 1980s when ...

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Women’s Council initiative nurtures, supports young women

    Nurturing and supporting young women in the Rochester area who aspire to become our future leaders evolved into one of the missions of the Greater Rochester Women’s Council, and in 2000 the Young Women of Distinction Award was ...

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Athena Award Past Recipients

  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 2007 Patricia Malgieri Then at City of Rochester 2006 Jean Howard Then at City of ...

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Festival Week

The opening of the Eastman East Wing will mark the completion of the Eastman School of Music's expansion and theater renovation project.

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A music school poised for the future

In a few months, students from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music will start working with master professors from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo-over a high-speed Internet connection. Separated by thousands of miles and six time ...

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The future of music is here; gone are the 1970s

  A new media control room with state-of-the-art technologies is aimed at getting the music, performance and personality of Eastman School of Music out to the masses. Among the upcoming enhancements is the ability to stream high-definition video online. "People ...

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Designing an expansion befitting school’s status

Tasked with designing an expansion to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre that matched the existing structure without duplicating it, project architects hit a home run, Eastman School of Music officials say. The results are the new Eastman East Wing housing ...

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