Eight local women have been nominated for the ATHENA Award, which is presented annually to someone who empowers women, strives to better the community and has achieved excellence in their profession.
They will also be selecting a Legacy Award winner, which honors a woman posthumously and the contributions she made to society.
Girls Inc. and the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce partners each year to host the event. German American Bank is this year’s presenting sponsor of the ATHENA Awards. The Legacy Award is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline.
The presentations will be held via Facebook Live from 12-1 p.m. April 28.
(Full bios including professional achievements and impact on women empowerment can be found on the Girls Inc. Facebook Page here.)
Vice-President, The Grieve Well Group; Chief Financial Officer, The Clinic @ The Montgomery; President, Merrie Joy Carroll Properties; Board Chair, Impact 100 Owensboro Next Gen
Executive Director, CASA of Ohio Valley; Property Development and Project Manager, Riverwalk Properties LLC
Executive Director, The Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation
Financial Controller and Co-Owner, Custom Audio-Video, Inc.
Founder and Executive Director, Puzzle Pieces
Local Outreach Coordinator, Owensboro Christian Church
Public Health Services Supervisor (Retired), Green River District Health Department
President, St. Joseph Peace Mission for Children, Inc.
About the nomination process
Girls Inc. has no role in who is nominated, nor in the selection process. Members of the community nominate women, and once packets are completed by the nominee and/or their friends and co-workers, an anonymous judging takes place.
“I love that it is handled that way,” said Tish Correa-Osborne, chief executive officer of Girls Incorporated of Owensboro-Daviess County. “There is no way I would want to select the recipient. They are all great and winners in their own right. We call them Local Legends — which they truly are. Every year we see a variety of nominees with their own accomplishments and styles. Some are more visible than others but every style of leadership is valued.”
By Ryan Richardson The Owensboro Times