Chamber names finalists for 2019 ATHENA Awards

Above: From left: Terri Waibel, Kathleen Duffy Ybarra and Martha Martinez earned 2018 ATHENA Awards. Business News | 19 Aug |

The Greater Phoenix Chamber announced the 11 women chosen as finalists for its prestigious ATHENA Awards, continuing its strong tradition of recognizing outstanding Valley businesswomen. 

The ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award recognizes a woman in the public and private sectors, in addition to highlighting an upcoming leader in the Valley as an ATHENA Young Professional.  ATHENA finalists are chosen for their excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community, and support and mentorship of other women. 

The 11 finalists are:

Private Sector finalists:

Cindy Dach, CEO of Changing Hands Bookstore, Co-Founder of MADE art boutique and Roosevelt Row CDC

Sarika Desai, DO, CEO & physician, Arizona Heart 360

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Partner, Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Elizabeth Shabaker, CEO, Versant Capital Management

Public Sector finalists:

Sherri Collins, Executive Director, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

Marchelle Franklin, Human Services Director, City of Phoenix

Angela Johnson, Co-founder, Arizona Apparel Foundation/FABRIC

Lisa Scarpinato, CEO, Kitchen on the Street 

Young Professional finalists:

Yassamin Ansari, Policy Advisor, Climate Action Summit Team, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations

Reyna Montoya, CEO & founder, Aliento

Jennifer Yee, Attorney, Snell & Wilmer, LLP

“We are proud of the incredible group of ATHENA finalists this year. These women are making tremendous contributions to our business community, and to the Greater Phoenix region. They represent the best of the best, and their leadership contributes to making the Valley a great place to live and do business,” said Todd Sanders, President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber. “Congratulations to all of our 2019 ATHENA Awards finalists.”

The ATHENA Awards highlight women who have achieved the pinnacle of success within their industry, have mentored women throughout their career, and have dedicated their time to their community and making a difference in the lives of others.

“It is an incredible honor to be named an ATHENA finalist,” Dach said. “I am in awe and humbled by all the nominated leaders and finalist.  These women work tirelessly every day, and they are an inspiration.  Many extraordinary people, both young and old, have influenced and guided me along the way.  This is a tribute to their generosity.  As we thoughtfully care for our community and place, I will embrace this honor and continue to evolve, continue to grow and always ask how I do more and be better.”

Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber to celebrate outstanding businesswomen in our community and to support all nominees, finalists and recipients past and present.

WHO: Three ATHENA Award recipients will be announced during the 32nd Annual ATHENA Awards luncheon. 

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge | 5350 E. Marriott Drive | Phoenix, AZ 85054

REGISTER: Register here | Registration closes on Friday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.

QUESTIONS: Email events@phoenixchamber.com or call 602.495.2182 for any questions.

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