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ATHENA Luncheon

The ATHENA Award honors women who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, and devote time and energy to their community. Since the program's inception in 1982, more than 7,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the hope is to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

The ATHENA Luncheon is hosted annually by the Athens Area Chamber and the past ATHENA recipients. It recognizes the current ATHENA Nominees, and celebrates the accomplishments of female leaders in the Athens area.

ATHENA Nominees must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Women who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession
  • Provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community
  • Assist women in reaching their full potential

Nominations for the 2021 Athena Award are due November 1st.


ATHENA Honorees

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Laura Whitaker, Extra Special People, Inc,  2020 ATHENA Honoree
2019  Dr. Andrea Daniel
2018  Regina Quick
2017  Kathy Hoard
2016  Christy Terrell
2015  Rubielen Norris
2014  Andree Terry
2013  Joan Prittie
2012  Patricia Barron
2011   Marilyn Farmer
2010  Margaret Wagner-Dahl
2009  Flora Tydings
2008  Cheryl Legette
2007  Elaine Cook
2006  Sue Lawrence
2005  Nancy Denson
2004  Tammy Gilland
2003 Kathryn Fowler
2002  Vivian Fisher
2001  Janey Cooley
2000  Katy O'Neal Arrowood
1999  Maxine Pinson Easom
1998  Nancy Staton
1997  Christine Bates
1996  Mickey Montevideo
1995  Elizabeth Dalton
1994  Barbara Smalley
1993  Martha Henderson
1992  Helen Mills
1991  Sharon Baker Pickett
1990  Maxine Burton
1989  Carol Williams
1988  Lousie McBee
1987  Mary Betts
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