The Salt Lake Chamber honored Karen Gunn as the 2015 ATHENA Award recipient at the 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference & Wells Fargo Luncheon on November 17, 2015. 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. 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 can not think of a more deserving recipient,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “Gunn has over thirty years’ experience as an educator, corporate manager and entrepreneur. Besides having an astonishingly successful career herself, Karen has helped numerous other women achieve their dreams. We couldn’t be more excited to honor her as the newest ATHENA.”

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Karen Gunn
Associate Provost of Economic Development and Business Partnerships Salt Lake Community College; Executive Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Salt Lake Community College

Karen Gunn has over thirty years’ experience as an educator, corporate manager and entrepreneur. Presently, Gunn oversees programs associated with workforce and economic development, global entrepreneurship, small business development and women’s business development. She also serves as the Executive Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at SLCC, which provides strategic training, mentoring and capital access for small businesses to grow along the Wasatch Front. Additionally, Gunn participates in several community and economic initiatives on behalf of Salt Lake Community College and provides institutional leadership to position the college as a supportive partner in achieving the state’s economic goals.