North SA Chamber Announces 2016 Recipients for ATHENA International Leadership Awards

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June 27, 2016

The North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce hosted a leadership and professional development Enterprising Women’s Conference on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the JW Mariott San Antonio Resort & Spa. The conference was condensed to a half-day with a morning keynote, several learning sessions and culminating in the ATHENA Leadership Awards® luncheon with keynote Kathryn Clark Childers, one of the first female of the United States Secret Service, award-winning journalist and community advocate. During the luncheon, recipients were acknowledged in the following categories available in Texas only through the North San Antonio Chamber:

Marisol V. Robles, San Antonio Water System – ATHENA Young Professional Leadership®

Lisa Fullerton, A Novel Idea, LLC d.b.a. Auntie Anne’s & Cinnabon – ATHENA Organizational Leadership®

Laurie Griffith, Texas Capital Bank – ATHENA Leadership®

This year’s conference theme was “Waves of Change… Oceans the Opportunity” meant to encourage women and men in the workplace to use positive change to break stereotypes and overcome obstacles. The ATHENA Leadership Model® identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: authentic self, relationships, giving back, collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy, celebration and joy. “This year’s conference speakers and ATHENA Award recipients reflect all of these attributes and it is our goal to continue to honor and inspire these attributes in others. The theme of this year also represented change in the way we delivered the conference. It is the North SA Chamber’s 27th year providing this conference for its members and we made a focused effort to refresh our format, look and content and it paid off!” says Leadership & Professional Development Council Chair Melodye Tomsu, SpawGlass. In addition to luncheon keynote Kathryn Clark Childers, attendees heard from Kelli Gilpin, Business Coach & Author; Bexar County Sheriff, Susan Pamerleau; and managing director and investment advisor, Elizabeth Crawford. Approximately 4.5 CPE Credits were offered to conference attendees who registered in advance. 

The North SA Chamber’s Leadership & Professional Development Council uses conferences like the Enterprising Women’s Conference to offer specialized training and advanced development to encourage and support our community’s leaders. The council promotes leadership cultivation designed to assist business people in building professional connections and acquiring cutting-edge thinking and best practices.
The North SA Chamber is keeping member businesses and Bexar County strong by advocating on behalf of member businesses large and small; delivering exceptional, business-to-business networking opportunities; honoring leaders at every age and career stage; and cultivating the workforce through leadership and professional development training. Through Lead SA, our 501 (c) (3) entity, we assist member small businesses and non-profit organizations with access to career development and advance higher education through scholarship gifts to area colleges and universities. •

Whitney Lewis, Dir. of Communications & Public Affairs
(210) 384-7725