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Phoenix Chamber announces ATHENA Award finalists for October event.

ATHENA Award finalists announced by Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
ATHENA Award finalists announced by Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
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Eighty outstanding Valley businesswomen were considered by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce ( for the prestigious ATHENA Award with 11 chosen as finalists. Three award recipients will be announced at the Chamber’s 27th annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, October 15 at 5 p.m.

The ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award recognizes a woman in the public and private sector as well as a young professional. Finalists are chosen for excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community and support and mentorship of other women.

Here are the 11finalists:

· Private Sector – Kristine Kassel of Benefits by Design; Sheila Kloefkorn of KEO Marketing; Ilana Lowery of the Phoenix Business Journal and Tammy McLeod of Arizona Public Service.

· Public Sector – Kimberly Hall of Goodwill of Central Arizona; Linda Hunt of Dignity Health; Christy McClendon of New Pathways for Youth and Avein Saaty-Tafoya of Adelante Health Care.

· Young Professional – Pearl Chang Esau of Expect More Arizona; Meghan Cox of the Lincoln Strategy Group and Sidnee Peck of the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU.

“The ATHENA Award is an international award which focuses on women who have achieve success within their industry, have mentored women throughout their career and have dedicated themselves to the community through various activities and charities,” the Chamber release notes. “The award is named for the Greek goddess of courage and wisdom is a program of ATHENA International, a foundation dedicated to creating leadership opportunities for women.”

The ATHENA winners will be named at the annual awards luncheon October 22 at the Arizona Biltmore. Registration for the event closes on Wednesday, October 15 at 5 p.m. To register go online at or call 602-495-2182 with questions.

“All of the ATHENA finalists embody the spirit of this award,” states Todd Sanders, Chamber President and CEO. “They represent professional excellence and leadership of the highest honor and have a genuine desire to inspire, develop and support other women to achieve their full potential.”

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