Nominations are now open!
The Leaders of Distinction Awards, featuring the McLean County Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Leadership Award and the Pantagraph's Twenty Under Forty will be held on Thursday, October 10, at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and the adjacent Normal Theater.
The ATHENA Leadership Award recognizes outstanding individuals in our community defined as role models who inspire and encourage the empowerment of women leaders. The award is given to a woman or man who has achieved professional excellence, gives time and energy to community service and actively assists women in realizing their full leadership potential. The recipient of this award will be announced at the Leaders of Distinction Awards Reception.
The Pantagraph's Twenty Under Forty recognizes young professionals who excel in their career, are passionate about the community and are making a mark in Central Illinois. They will be featured in the October issue of Limited. Nominees are required to be 39 years of age or younger as of September 1, 2019, and live and work in McLean County.
In 2017, the Chamber added a new annual award, the Liz Larson Rising Leader Award, in honor of a Chamber friend who passed away in 2017. This award will be given to someone from the 2019 Twenty Under Forty class who exemplifies similar characteristics to Liz; they are passionate about McLean County and active in community service and advocacy, all while excelling in their career. The recipient of this award will be announced at the Leaders of Distinction Awards Reception.
ACT NOW - NOMINATIONS ARE DUE JULY 26TH!
If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, event or sponsorships opportunities, please contact Andi Elliott at 309-829-1183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients
2018: Deborah Halperin
2017: Dr. Paige Holt
2016: Linda Healy
2015: Doan Winkel
2014: Cathy Woods
2013: Vicki Tilton
2012: Judy Buchanan
2011: Barb Nathan
2010: Leanna K. Bordner
2009: Pamela Westerdahl
2008: Janet Hood
2007: Gigi Fansler
2006: Kira Hudson-Banks
2005: Diane Lerman
2004: Julie Dobski
2003: Patricia Kaisner
2002: Evelyn Young
2001: Deanna Frautschi
2000: Paula Walsh
1999: Mary Ann Webb
1998: Sonja Reece
1997: Patricia Ann Grogg
2018: Sarah Crowley
2017: Lauren Hardy
Names are listed in order of appearance from left to right;
Tessa Gehrer, Bloomington-Normal YMCA
Larissa Armstrong, Ecology Action Center
Seth Bauersfeld, Palace Events
Sarah Crowley, Heartland Bank & Trust
Morgan Lurkins, Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Tristan N. Bullington,
Names are listed in alphabetical order by last name and not by order of appearance:
Bianca Abalos – Underwriting Service Assistant for State Farm Insurance
Tim Bassett – Director of Facilities in the Central Illinois Region at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Amelia Buragas – Attorney at Kelly