Friday, September 26, 2008

ATHENA International 2008 Northeast Ohio ATHENA Awards Honors and Encourages Women to Reach their Leadership Potential

ATHENA International honors those who support and encourage the leadership potential in women. Shown here are the two Finalists of the ATHENA Award with Norma Rist (center) who is chairman of the board of directors of ATHENA International.

Susan Berger (left) Development and Community Relations Director of Positive Education Program was the 2008 Cleveland Recipient and Ilene Shapiro (right) Vice President Summa Enterprise Group of Summa Health Systems was the 2008 Akron Recipient.

Eleven women were honored with a banquet of over 300 and a 7-minute video describing their professional achievements, community service and leadership roles in assisting women. They each received a framed article from Inside Business magazine that described their devotion to helping other women in Cleveland, Akron and throughout Northeast Ohio.

The ATHENA Award finalists for Northeast Ohio were Vivian Celeste Neal, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Marie Covington, Covington Communications, Inc.; Laura Culp, Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co.; Dr. Giesele Robinson Greene, UnitedHealthcare; Terri Hamilton Brown, National City Corp.; Janet L. Miller, University Hospitals Health Systems, Inc.; Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett, Rise Sally Rise, Inc./Kent State University; Carole Sanderson, Herschman Architects, Inc.; and Chris Yuhasz, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Founded more than 25 years ago, ATHENA International is known for building women leaders and recognizing leadership initiatives among women. The organization is headquartered in Chicago and is well known for its award programs that honor women leaders in more than 220 locations throughout 5 countries. For more information, visit the organization's website at or call 312.580.0111.

Don't miss the Women's International Leadership Summit in March 2009!

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