Austin College Hosts Local ATHENA Leadership Award Program
Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards. Deadline for submission: February 12, 2018.
2017 ATHENA Leadership Award Winners
May 3 | Wright Campus Center
Austin College recognized two exemplary leaders from the region on May 3, 2017, awarding the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award® to Michelle Castle, branch manager at Guild Mortgage Company, and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award to Trish Bridges, director of critical care services at Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center,. The event is an effort of the College's Center for Community and Regional Development and its Texoma Women Get Connected program.
Sponsors for the 2017 event included Texoma Health Foundation, United Way of Grayson County, Austin College Institutional Advancement staff in honor of Jill Joiner Roberts, Kristine McKinney in memory of Clara Blackford Smith, and Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center. Event sponsorships benefit the College’s Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) summer intern program.
The ATHENA Leadership Award Program is administered by ATHENA International, a non-profit women’s leadership organization, along with licensed host organizations and sponsors. Over 6,000 awards have been presented in the U.S. and around the world since the program’s inception in 1982. Recent recipients include Condoleezza Rice, Billie Jean King, Pat Summit, and Gabby Giffords.
The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to individuals who have attained and embody the highest level of professional excellence in their business or profession, devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; and clearly serve as role models for young women both personally and professionally.
Event sponsors and table sponsors are needed very year for the awards event. Learn more from the Sponsor Information Sheet. Event sponsorships benefit the College’s Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) summer intern program.
For more information, please contact Trish Jennings at 903.813.2042.
2017 ATHENA Leadership Award Honorees
- Michelle Castle*
- Janis Fletcher
- Leigh Ann Sims
2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Honorees
- Trish Bridges*
- Mikayla Stocks
Texoma Women Get Connected
Anna Laura Page
Melida Ailshire '06
Cindy Glaser Bankston '83
Sandy Richards Barber '90
Cindy Curtis Bean '75
Kay Kinkler Casey '68
Hillary Luckett Clark '09 Co-Chair
Marilyn Kretsinger '62
Kris Berry McKinney '78 Co-Chair
Mignon Patterson Plyler '85
Martha Stephens '80
Sarah Campbell Stevens '75
Ruth Nuckols Williamson '80
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipients
Hillary Luckett Clark
*Please contact Trish Jennings, 903.813.2042,
if the name of an ATHENA recipient from this
region is inadvertently missing from the list.
Past ATHENA Award Recipients *
Wilma Blackshear Bush
Margaret Ann "Cookie" Hill
Stacy Rake Murphy
Stacy Rake Murphy
Mary Ann Reich
Beth Bringhurst Williams