Utah leader to be honored with prestigious national award in recognition of business leadership and community service

The Salt Lake Chamber has announced that Amanda Covington, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of The Larry H. Miller Company, will receive the 2023 ATHENA Leadership Award. The organization’s highest recognition for women in business, the national ATHENA Leadership Award, is presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business. Each recipient must also 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.

“I am excited to announce Amanda Covington as the ATHENA Leadership Award recipient,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “Her commitment to the community through her professional life and volunteer work is emblematic of what this award stands for, leadership in action. Amanda has been a stalwart ally and wise counselor for many years and possesses the character other leaders can aspire to and model for years to come. The business community and our capital city are better for her service, and we are excited to honor her at this year’s awards ceremony!”

In addition to the ATHENA Leadership Award, five women will receive Pathfinder Awards at the conference. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths promoting the development and recognition of women in business. The five Pathfinder recipients this year include:

  • Lucy Cardenas, President & Owner, The Red Iguana Restaurants
  • Natalie El-Deiry, Director of Immigration & New American Integration, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Kaitlin Eskelson, President & CEO, Visit Salt Lake
  • Deneiva Knight, External Affairs Director, Comcast
  • Pauline Ploquin, President & Partner, Struck

The ATHENA Leadership Award will officially be presented to Amanda Covington at the 47th Annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon on November 2, 2023, at the Grand America Hotel. This year’s conference is sponsored by Dominion Energy and WCF Insurance. Wells Fargo is hosting the ATHENA Awards Luncheon. Mountain America Credit Union, Select Health and Target River are breakout sponsors, and the exhibit hall sponsor is CHG Healthcare. Gift sponsor is Holland & Hart, and the supporting sponsors are CBRE, Deseret Digital Media, Deseret Management Corporation, Intermountain Health, The Larry H. Miller Company, PCF Insurance Services, Rio Tinto Kennecott, Rocky Mountain Power, University of Utah and Zions Bank. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and added weekly until sold out.

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