ATHENA and Pathfinder award winners announced
SALT LAKE CITY- (November 18, 2014) The Salt Lake Chamber named Peggy Larsen of Workers Compensation Fund (WCF), as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. The ATHENA award 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.
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 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.
In addition to the ATHENA Award, four women received Pathfinder awards at this conference. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths promoting the development and recognition of women in business. The four Pathfinder recipients include Patrice Arent, Juanita Damon, Martha Eining and Denise Winslow.
Patrice has a long and impactful career serving her constituents in the Utah State Legislature, including the passage of over seventy of bills. These are important bills that have changed the lives of women and children in our community. Patrice takes time to mentor and coach women who are running for office and encourages them to get involved in the political process.
Juanita has made outstanding contributions to women in her business and in the community. She supports the American Express Women’s Interest Network by helping create employee development events for the women in our company. She has been sponsoring an internship program with the University of Utah bringing students into American Express for opportunities to get “real life” work experience, understand how to manage projects, and help them begin to build a brand within our company.
Over the years Martha has mentored and provided guidance to countless women as they received their education at the University of Utah and provided invaluable direction to women as they launched their careers in business.
Denise takes time to educate all community non-profits and their executive and program directors on what fits Wells Fargo’s giving philosophy. She takes this same education approach in working with the many Wells Fargo team members that are passionate about a worthwhile cause.
The Conference also included fantastic and motivational speakers and presentations. Bridget McCarthy Lasda from Coca-Cola encouraged us to “Stand Up, Speak Out, and Take a Seat at the Table,” Natalie Masri and Roberta Phillips from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Women in Business introduced us to those who are “Advancing Women to the Top.” And, in our morning breakout sessions we talked about connecting, aspiring and leading through community service, recognizing our worth and loyalty.
Over the past year, the Women’s Business Center has assisted 237 clients and provided over 582 hours of consulting. In all, they have provided training to over 25 hundred people. These trainings focus on six core areas: marketing & sales, finance, business planning, management, government procurement and international trade. This effort has resulted in 50 new business plans and, most importantly, 53 new businesses started and 133 new jobs created. The Women’s Business Center helps dreamers become entrepreneurs. Those entrepreneurs make Utah’s economy one of the strongest in the nation.
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 received 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.
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.