ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon is hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber.

This event is filled with inspirational speakers that recognize the accomplishments of those helping make a difference here in our local community.

The ATHENA International Award is a prestigious national award presented to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrate creativity and initiative in business and provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assist women in reaching their full leadership potential.

In addition to the Athena Award, six other women will receive the Pathfinder Award. This award is given to community leaders who “create new paths” and promote the development and recognition of women in business.

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2019 KEYNOTE: NANCY KERRIGAN

Nancy Kerrigan has been one of America’s most recognizable sports icons for over 20 years.

Kerrigan’s rise to competing at a national level began when she placed 3rd at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, allowing her to qualify for the 1991 World Championships where she won the bronze medal as part of an American sweep.

In 1992, she earned a bronze medal in the Albertville Winter Olympics and the silver medal at the 1992 World Championships.  In 1993 Kerrigan became the United States Ladies Champion and followed that up with her historic silver medal performance at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

Along the way, Kerrigan became known for her groundbreaking fashion on the ice teaming up with Vera Wang and others to create some of the most memorable skating outfits in the history of the sport.

In addition to her work on the ice, the two time Olympic medalist has regularly appeared on television and movies as an actor (Boy Meets World, Blades of Glory, Saturday Night Live, Skating with Celebrities, Fresh Off the Boat) or commentator (Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Lifetime Network, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, Inside Edition), and is well known for being instrumental in the creation of Halloween on Ice and other shows.

Nancy has been a product endorser (Revlon, Reebok, Seiko, Campbell’s Soup, Old Navy, Comcast Spotlight, Revise Energy), author (Artistry on Ice) and motivational speaker and advocate for issues related to infertility.

The Nancy Kerrigan Foundation has raised significant funds for the vision impaired in honor of her legally blind mother and she has been recognized for her excellence on and off the ice (US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Mother’s Day Foundation Mother of the Year, New England Sports Hall of Fame, Fight for Sight Lifetime Achievement).

More recently, Kerrigan has focused on her family (three children age 10, 13 and 21), choreography (Halloween on Ice, SkateNiagara, Bryant Park Holiday Show) while also appearing on Dancing With the Stars in Season 24. Nancy is currently executive producing the upcoming documentary “Why Don’t You Lose 5 lbs” which will examine the silent epidemic of eating disorders in sports and is on the Advisory Board for the upcoming Aurora Games which will be a platform for women in sports and entertainment.