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Amerikam is proud to sponsor the ATHENA Award Celebration on Thursday, September 18th, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

For 25 years, the Chamber’s ATHENA Awards program has been supporting, developing, and honoring women leaders and those who advocate on behalf of women.

The annual ATHENA Awards Celebration on September 18 will recognize and celebrate women and the remarkable leaders fostering avenues of opportunity and professional growth for future generations.

This year, we are proud to honor Diana R. Sieger, President of Grand Rapids Community Foundation, as the 2014 ATHENA® Award recipient in recognition of her outstanding leadership and support of women both within her organization and throughout the greater Grand Rapids community.

Diana R. Sieger will be honored at the ATHENA Award Celebration luncheon on Thursday, September 18th, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Ambassador Ballroom. The celebration will also feature the presentation of the ATHENA Young Professional Award, which recognizes an emerging leader (under 40) for their contributions to community, professional excellence and commitment to serve as a personal and professional role model for young women. Finalists for both awards will be honored at the luncheon.

In addition, the Chamber will present several scholarships to recipients of the unique ATHENA Scholarship, which assists women over 30 who are pursuing their higher-education dreams.

The ATHENA Awards Program and ATHENA Young Professional Award are founded on the ATHENA Leadership Model® from ATHENA International, which identifies eight distinct attributes, called the ATHENA Tenets, that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, Celebration and Joy.