CONDOLEEZZA RICE RECEIVED A GLOBAL ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFICFormer
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (pictured on the left with Martha Mertz, Founder of ATHENA International) received the Global ATHENA
Leadership Award at the University of the Pacific's forum on Advancing
Women's Leadership, "No Ordinary Woman." Dr. Rice delivered the
keynote address at a forum on March 21, 2013. The forum on
Advancing Women's Leadership brings together diverse and esteemed
thought leaders from the local and national stages to inspire
participants, especially young women, to make a lasting, positive and powerful impact in the communities where they live and work.
Program: Women's Council of Washtenaw County - a business mentoring program that selects a woman-owned
business, assesses its needs, assembles an Advisory Panel of experts,
and works with the woman for one year to help her transform her
business for future growth and increased profits.
program is an important contributor to economic development in
Washtenaw County", said Jan Davies McDermott, who administrates the
program. "The women who have participated in the program in the past
have made significant strides in the growth of their businesses, but
more importantly, the program has shown them the importance of looking
at their businesses through the eyes of others, opening themselves up to
the suggestions of experts, and making sensible infrastruture
changes for their business that will allow them to grow."
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Washtenaw County's past ATHENAPowerLink® Women Business Owners:
Megan Torrance, Torrance Learning, 2010
Carol Kamm, Encore Online Resale, 2010
Marisa Smith, The Whole Brain Group, 2008
Sharon McRill, Betty Brigade, 2007
Laura Morris, Cartridge World
Find a Local Award Program
ATHENA Founding Lifetime Members
Debra Adams Simmons
The Plain Dealer
League City, TX
Jane Blain Gilbertson
Blain's Farm and Fleet and Blain Supply, Inc.
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
President & Owner
Marketing Resources & Results, Inc.
Principal & Co-Owner
Carrington & Carrington LTD.
Business & Marketing Consultant
Word Processing Services, Inc.
CEO & Author
WaterMark International, Inc.
Lee Anne Doyle
City of Windsor
of Diversity & Corporate Responsibility
& Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Director Internal Comm Strategic Services & Optimization
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Riverside Community College District
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts
Caterpillar Logistics Inc
Deloitte Services LP
and, Chief Legal, Government, Corporate Affairs Officer
Leo Burnett Worldwide
Colleen Moore Mezler
President & CEO
Chief Operating Officer, Science Foundation Arizona
Market Drafters, Inc.
Lake Villa, IL
Alpha & Omega Courier & Delivery
Norma J. Rist CEO Consulting, Inc.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Mari Kay Scott
Real Estate and Facilities
Grand Blanc, MI
Billye Proctor Shaw
Shisler's Cheese House
Deirdre Joy Smith
Founder & President
Colonial Motor Mart
Crystal Swann Blackdeer
Leavenworth County Humane Society, Inc.
Paulette Synegal Law
Office & Marketing Manager
Senior Vice President
Grand Rapids, MI