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Greater Phoenix Chamber names 11 finalists for ATHENA Awards

ATHENA finalists are chosen for their excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community, and support and mentorship of others. (File Photos/
ATHENA Awards salutes outstanding businesswoman of metropolitan Phoenix
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The Greater Phoenix Chamber is naming the 11 women chosen as finalists for its coveted ATHENA Awards, which in its 36th year is continuing the business advocacy group’s strong tradition of recognizing outstanding Valley businesswomen.

The ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award recognizes a woman in the public and private sectors and highlights an upcoming leader in the Valley as an ATHENA Young Professional, according to a press release.

ATHENA finalists are chosen for their excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community, and support and mentorship of others, the release states.

There will be Three ATHENA award winners who will be announced during the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards Luncheon, which is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

The 11 ATHENA Award finalists are:

Private Sector finalists:
Ginger Clayton, CEO, Elontec
Melody Lewis, Owner & Founder, Indigenous Community Collaborative
Jen Scrivner, Chief Operating Officer, Goodmans
Kristen Shroyer, Co-Founder & Chief Impact Officer, ONEHOPE

Public Sector finalists:
Tara Jackson, President, Arizona Town Hall
Jeri Royce, President & CEO, Advance Community
Lorraine Tallman, Founder & CEO, Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels
Dawn Trapp, CEO, Civitan Foundation, Inc.

Young Professional finalists:
Ashlee Atkins, Diversity Manager, ASU Enterprise Partners
Naquana Borrero, CFRE; Director of Development and Communications Jazz in Arizona/The Nash & Owner, Bella Vita Consulting Group
Heather Vana, Senior Director of External Communications, Avnet

“Spotlighting the women who are moving the Greater Phoenix area forward through the ATHENA Awards program is one of the chamber’s proudest traditions,” said Todd Sanders, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber. “These women make immeasurable contributions within their companies, their communities, and they are a driving force in making Arizona a top state in the nation. I encourage everyone to join us in November at the ATHENA Awards Luncheon to meet these exceptional leaders.”

The ATHENA Awards highlight women who have achieved the pinnacle of success within their industry, have mentored others throughout their careers, dedicated their time to their community, and are making a difference in the lives of others.

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