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The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce successfully hosted its 4th Annual ATHENA Awards on September 8, 2022, at The Polk Theatre. This award program honors exceptional women leaders that inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

The ATHENA Organizational Award – Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine

  • The ATHENA Organizational Award® is presented to an organization based on the following criteria: the business or organization creates a culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential; gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives; and supports and develops women’s leadership initiatives on a global scale.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award – Ashley B. Barnett, Director, AgAmerica Giving Foundation

  • The ATHENA Young Professional Award® honors emerging women leaders under 42 years old who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Recipients must also demonstrate their commitment to service by contributing time and energy to improving the quality of life of others in the community while serving as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

The ATHENA Leadership Award – Martha Santiago, Polk County Board of County Commissioners Chair

  • The ATHENA Leadership Award® honors women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment: women who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way and also open doors so that others may follow in their path.
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