WOMEN’S IMPACT INC HONORS BILLIE JEAN KING WITH THE GLOBAL ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD®
From left: Judith Lancaster and Billie Jean King
Women’s Impact Inc, in collaboration with
ATHENA International™, presented Billie Jean King the 2013 Global ATHENA Leadership
Award at Kent State University at Stark’s Featured Speaker Series held at the
University Center last evening. King was honored for her significant
contributions and many years of trailblazing on behalf of women world-wide.
award was bestowed to King at a private reception hosted by Women's
Impact Inc prior to her speech Tuesday night. Judith Lancaster, board
member of Women's Impact Inc and ATHENA International, presented the
award, noting Billie Jean King is an outstanding leader for women.
International is extremely pleased that Billie Jean King has accepted
this honor," said Dianne Dinkel, President and CEO of ATHENA
International. "The Global Leadership Award is the highest honor
bestowed by ATHENA International."
This year King is celebrating three
significant moments in her career and events which empowered women. Forty years ago, in 1973, she founded the
Women’s Tennis Association, fought for and secured equal prize money for both
genders at the US Open of tennis and defeated Bobby Riggs in the historic
“Battle of the Sexes” match.
Today, King remains active in a number
of causes committed to the advancement of equal rights and opportunities both
genders, including serving on the boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation and
the Elton John AIDS Foundation and she is a member of the President’s Council
on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Founded in 1982, ATHENA
International’s mission is honoring, developing and supporting women leaders,
inspiring women to reach their full leadership potential to create a balance of
power worldwide. The Global ATHENA Leadership Award is presented
to individuals who have achieved a high degree of professional excellence, have
assisted women to develop their full potential by opening up leadership
opportunities, and whose body of work has made a national or international
Past recipients include Condoleezza
Rice, former Secretary of State; Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Networks and the
first woman network president in television history; Pat Schroeder, former
12-term U.S. Congresswoman; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and
Micki King, Olympic Gold Medalist.
Women’s Impact Inc extended a special thanks to Judith E. Barnes Lancaster, Esquire, ATHENA International Board member
and underwriter of the award and to Kent State Stark for graciously allowing
Women’s Impact Inc to be a part of their event. Without their support this
would not have been possible.
From left: Norma Rist, ATHENA International board member and Women’s
Impact Inc board member, Judith Lancaster, ATHENA International board member and
Women’s Impact Inc board member, Billie Jean King, Dianne Dinkel, President and CEO of ATHENA International, Kay Feagles, President of Women’s Impact Inc, Renee Powell, 2012 ATHENA Leadership award recipient from
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