Austin College Hosts Local ATHENA Leadership Award Program
Nominations are open for the 2019 awards, to be presented in the spring.
2018 ATHENA Leadership Award Winners
April 27 | Wright Campus Center
Austin College will recognize two exemplary leaders from the region on April 27, 2018, awarding the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. The event is an effort of the College's Center for Community and Regional Development and its Texoma Women Get Connected program.
Sponsors are still being sought for the 2018 event, though Texoma Health Foundation and Gary Murphy, in honor of Kate Murphy (2018 luncheon speaker) already have signed on.
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 every 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.
2018 ATHENA Leadership Award Honorees
- Stephanie Chandler
- LuAnn Daniel
- Deborah Estes
- Tonya Price
2018 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Honorees
- Amber Pilcher
- Kristina Quinlan
- Melanie Truxal
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
Trish Bridges, 2017
Hillary Luckett Clark, 2016
Michelle Lemming, 2015
*Please contact Trish Jennings, 903.813.2042,
if the name of a past ATHENA recipient from the
region is inadvertently missing from the listing.
Past ATHENA Award Recipients *
Wilma Blackshear Bush
Michelle Castle, 2017
Brenda Hayward, 2016
Margaret Ann "Cookie" Hill
Stacy Rake Murphy, 2015
Stacy Rake Murphy
Mary Ann Reich
Beth Bringhurst Williams
Austin College began administering the awards in 2015.