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Nominations now being accepted for Johnston County’s ATHENA Leadership Award

The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 35th annual ATHENA Leadership Award® in Johnston County. This year’s award is sponsored by Call Pernell, Inc. Nominations are now being accepted to the ATHENA Leadership Award®, which will be presented on November 3, 2022 to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. 

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 7,000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982. The program is facilitated locally by the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community and Recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above. 

ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. Past Johnston County ATHENA Recipients Include: 

2021 Melissa Overton 
2020 Dr. Marilyn Pearson
2019 Katrusia “Kay” Johnson
2018 Dr. Twyla Wells

ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients. 

The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce believes in the values underlying ATHENA International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate. 

The Johnston County Recipient will be invited to join ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients and other leaders at a Regional ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Summit of their choice. Nominations will be accepted until August 31, 2022 and forms may be obtained by visiting the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce website



The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce leads our communities toward sustainable economic growth by facilitating the development of the Triangle East Region of North Carolina into a nationally competitive, economically diverse, relevant and collaborative community.

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