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THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 ATHENA EVENT SPONSORS!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UPDATED AS OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

MONMOUTH REGIONAL CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2021 ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD FINALISTS

The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) has announced the finalists for this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award® and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. An exciting gala luncheon is planned for Friday, November 5, 2021 from 11:30 am to 2 pm at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, NJ, where the 2021 ATHENA Award recipients, selected by a diverse group of community leaders, will be announced.

The esteemed International ATHENA Leadership Award Program® celebrates women as valued members and leaders of the community who serve as role models and encourage all women to achieve their full potential. Each year, the ATHENA Awards honor individuals who are nominated in recognition of their business or professional accomplishments, community service, and mentoring of others. Their achievements give back to the community in profoundly meaningful ways and make it a better place to live, work, and lead. The ATHENA Leadership Award’s rich history, international scope, and focus on mentorship distinguish it as one of the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive, with more than 6,000 recipients honored worldwide since the renowned program was established in 1982.

This will be the 36th year that the ATHENA Leadership Award will be presented by the MRCC, the only organization in New Jersey that is licensed to do so. It will be the seventh year that the MRCC will present the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, which recognizes emerging community leaders, ages 24 to 40.

To be considered for an ATHENA Leadership Award, nominees may represent either the profit or not-for-profit sector and must demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; and actively assist women in achieving their full leadership potential.

The 2021 ATHENA Leadership Award finalists include:

  • Lisa Ascolese – CEO and founder of Inventing A to Z and the nonprofit Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs
  • Roe Couture DeSaro – founder and president of Gutsy Gals Get More, LLC and executive managing director for eWomenNetwork, Inc.
  • Jodi Grinwald – certified professional coach, co-founder and CEO of Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation, and founder and host of Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast
  • Michele Lawson – owner of Hair & Company Salon and founder and president of Wig Warriors: The Maureen S. Konopko Foundation

The 2021 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award finalists include:

  • Amanda Deltuvia – spiritual healer, psychic, and certified life coach
  • Kristina Henderson – co-owner and CEO of Henderson Promos, LLC and 2020 Mrs. New Jersey American
  • Danielle Ippolito – CEO of D Fitness Studio

Tickets for the 2021 ATHENA Leadership Awards Luncheon are priced at $60 per person through October 22 and $70 per person from October 23 through November 1. Registration closes on November 1; walk-ins cannot be accepted. Everyone in the community is invited to attend this outstanding celebration and show their support for these stellar leaders and the women they inspire.

This signature annual event of the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce also offers an unprecedented opportunity for extensive, far-reaching exposure for participating businesses and organizations. Sponsorships for the 2021 ATHENA Awards are a valuable way of showing your investment in the community and its growth, honoring community leaders, and cultivating important professional and personal relationships.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and additional details, see https://bit.ly/MRCC2021ATHENA1105

 

For information about the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, visit www.monmouthregionalchamber.com.   

For details about the International ATHENA Awards, go to www.athenainternational.org.

 

Photo caption: The 2021 ATHENA Leadership Award finalists are, left to right: Jodi Grinwald, Roe Couture DeSaro, Michele Lawson, Amanda Deltuvia, Danielle Ippolito, Lisa Ascolese, and Kristina Henderson. Photo by Mark Lamhut.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ATHENA® AWARDS

The International ATHENA Award Program recognizes an individual for business and professional accomplishments, for community service and especially for mentoring others and acting as a role model to encourage women to achieve their leadership potential.

The ATHENA Leadership Award celebrates exemplary leadership and is reflective of a quote by Plato: “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”. Over 6000 recipients have been honored with the ATHENA Leadership Award since the program’s inception in 1982.

Presented to leaders across professional sectors, the ATHENA Leadership Award’s rich history, international scope and focus on mentorship distinguish it as one of the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

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The Criteria

ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees must meet each of the following three criteria:

  • Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession
  • Provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community
  • Actively assist women in achieving their full leadership potential

Qualifications

  • ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees may represent either the profit or not-for-profit sector.
  • Previous ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients are not eligible for nomination, however past nominees may be nominated again.
  • There is no minimum or maximum age qualification that must be met by ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees.
  • ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award nominees must be ages 24-40

The Process

The ATHENA Program Committee will review your nomination form to ensure it meets the qualifications and eligibility based on the criteria outlined above.  Submitting a form does not guarantee a nomination.  You will be notified of your nomination status after the deadline submission date.

The ATHENA Award Selection Committee, made up of a diverse group of community leaders, will review final nominations and select the ATHENA (Young Professional ATHENA) Leadership Award Recipient.  The recipient will be announced at the MRCC ATHENA Awards Luncheon on November 6, 2020.  All nominees must be present at the luncheon to accept the award.

The 2021 ATHENA® Award Luncheon will be held at Jumping Brook Country Club on Friday, November 5 ~ More details to follow!

2021 Honorary Chair: Ivy Jacot of All Ahead Title Agency, LLC , Keyport, NJ

OUR 2020 ATHENA AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

Congratulations to Our 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, Frances Keane, Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, Human Resources, CentraState Healthcare System

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Congratulations to our 2020 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient, Danielle Woolley, Danielle Woolley Consulting, LLC

Hear Danielle's remarks about what ATHENA means to her: https://youtu.be/HaGCnPdYa98

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OUR 2019 ATHENA AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

                                   

Congratulations to Our 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, Willa Edgerton Chisler, CEO & Founder of certified MWBE firm, Symphony Coaching, LLC

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Congratulations to our 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient, Theresa Furmato Velardi, Legislative Aide Intern at New Jersey Legislative District 13, Legal Content Writer at McOmber & McOmber, PC, and Law Student at Seton Hall School of Law.

 

 

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A BIG THANK YOU to our Athena Nominating Reception host, BMW of Freehold and our hard-working ATHENA Committee Chair, Ivy Jacot of Veitengruber Law, LLC!

Photo Credit: Mark Lamhut of Paul=Mark Printing.

2018 ATHENA Awards

Congratulations to Our 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, Dr. Denise Johnson Miller of Hackensack Meridian (left) and to our 2018 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient, Erica Jedynak of American for Prosperity (right).

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Dr Denise Johnson Miller video "What ATHENA Means to Me":

Erica Jedynak video "What ATHENA Means to Me":

Some photos from our 2018 ATHENA Awards Luncheon November 2nd at the Radisson of Freehold... Thank You Diamond Sponsor BMW of Freehold...

Photo credit Mark Lamhut/Paul=Mark Printing

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