The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, has named Peggy Larsen of Workers Compensation Fund (WCF), as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. The award will officially be presented Nov. 18, 2014 at the 38th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Award Luncheon, presented by the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center.
Peggy is a motivating force at WCF, especially to the women she works with. She has reached a level of success in the midst of consistent challenges and obstacles. She will be the first to admit that the road has been difficult, but through hard work and dedication, anything is possible. She has inspired the women at WCF to raise their game. She was the first female senior executive at WCF and since that time she has been instrumental in helping other women achieve higher levels of success within the company.
Outside of WCF she serves on many boards and committees. She has served on the Economic Development Corp of Utah, Executive Women International, United Way of Salt Lake, Salt Lake Chamber committees and chairs Utah Business Week. She is a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Utah and a past Pathfinder winner.
Peggy is the reason for WCF’s heavy involvement with the United Way of Salt Lake. She reorganized WCF’s historically scattered opportunities for employees to give to the community. She launched employee contribution drives for United Way that continue to top expectations, even earning recognition from United Way. With her direction, WCF has won several awards from United Way.
Her tireless efforts in the community lead to the creation of a generous volunteer policy. Employees are allowed to give up to 4 hours a month of their time during work hours to improve the communities we live in. Her passion for making a difference has caught on at WCF and has transformed its culture.
Athena is the goddess of wisdom, strength and strategy. Peggy continually demonstrates these qualities in her daily actions. A few years ago she recognized a lack of affordable insurance coverage’s for small business owners in our market. She quickly and effectively created a program to offer to WCF policyholders that would meet the needs of small business owners. These additional insurance product offerings have made a significant difference in the business operations of WCF’s policyholders.
She recognizes needs in WCF business operations and in the communities we work and live in. She doesn’t settle for the status quo and is determined to change her environment for the better. Her influence at WCF has helped transform the culture and she has created lasting programs and product offerings that have helped make the company more profitable. She inspires the people she works with to be better and to go out and do something to change the life of someone else.
About the ATHENA
The ATHENA International Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business, provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential.
Established in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan, the ATHENA Award Program is now administered from its Chicago, Illinois, headquarters and boasts over 300 active communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. More than 5,000 individuals representing a wide variety of professions and businesses have received the ATHENA Award. Presented by local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA’s national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors the award practically demonstrates the quote from Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” The award takes the form of a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage and wisdom of the recipient.
In addition to the ATHENA Award, four women will receive Pathfinder awards. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths that promote the development and recognition of women in business. The 2014 recipients include:
• Patrice Arent, Utah State Legislature
• Juanita Damon, American Express
• Martha Eining, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
• Denise Winslow, Wells Fargo
Dr. Linda Leckman was honored with the ATHENA Award in 2013, and Gail Miller in 2012. Other recent recipients include Beverley Taylor Sorenson (2011) Senator Pat Jones (2008), Governor Olene Walker (2004) and Patricia Richards of Wells Fargo (2000) who was the first woman to chair the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors.
About the Pathfinders
The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually during the American Express Women & Business Conference during the Wells Fargo ATHENA Award Luncheon to a select number of worthy community leaders who have a history of support for women and women’s issues and who have worked to further the development and recognition of women. This award has been a traditional part of the conference for many years.
You can register for the Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Award Luncheon at http://slchamber.com/portal/list/view/womenandbusiness. The event will be held at the Little America Hotel at 500 South Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the ATHENA Awards Luncheon runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Don’t miss the great event!
Past ATHENA Recipients
2013 Linda Leckman, Intermountain Healthcare
2012 Gail Miller, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
2011 Beverley Taylor Sorenson, Sorenson Foundation
2010 Cynthia Bioteau, Salt Lake Community College
2009 Chris Redgrave, Bonneville Salt Lake Radio Group
2008 Patricia Jones, Dan Jones & Associates
2007 Margo Provost, Log Haven
2006 Marilyn Tang, Certified Handling Systems
2005 Pamela Atkinson, Community Advocate
2004 Gov. Olene Walker, Utah State Governor
2003 Becky Berkey Potts, AT&T Wireless
2002 Susan Glasmann, Questar Gas Company
2001 Lori Giovannoni, Lori Giovannoni and Associates
2000 Patricia Richards, First Security Bank
1999 Lorraine Miller, Cactus & Tropicals
1998 Deborah Bayle, American Red Cross Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter
1997 Carol Carter, IC Products
1996 Ramona Rudert, Predictable Building Systems
1995 Joan Lewis, Nesco Service, Inc.
1993 June Morris, Morris Air
1992 Rhoda Ramsey, Ramsey Group N.
1991 Patricia Freston, Ph.D., Questar Corporation
1990 Jacqueline Nicholes, Quality Press
1988 Carol Browning, CLU
1987 Patricia Shoemaker Glessner, KSL TV
1986 Isabelle Jensen, Questar Corporation
1985 Carol Fay, Internal Revenue Services
1984 Phyllis Steorts, Westin Hotel Utah
About the Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents 8,000 businesses and approximately 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.