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  •  The Pickerington Area Chamber ATHENA Leadership Awards  


    The ATHENA Leadership Award was inspired by the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare. The embodiment of good counsel and heroic endeavor, Athena was admired for her courage and devotion to civilization and justice. Athena knew her worth and forged her own path. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to the woman or man whose own path shows achievement at the highest level of professional excellence, who is devoted to improving the quality of life in her or his community, and who actively assists others, especially women, in realizing their leadership potential.  

    Since 1982 more than 7000 individuals around the world have been honored with this award on the local, national, or international level. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented annually by women's organizations, universities, and chambers of commerce. The Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to participate in this prestigious leadership awards program.

    Please contact the Pickerington Area Chamber for questions about our ATHENA Awards or to nominate a candidate. More information about ATHENA International may be found here.  More information about The ATHENA Leadership Award Program is here

    The Women's Leadership Coalition annually presents the Pickerington Area Chamber's A Day of ATHENA Awards & Workshop




    Every A Day of ATHENA Workshop & Awards Program Sponsor receives an attendee list and inclusion in the SWAG BOX sent to participants before the event! This virtual webinar is interactive and attendees will receive necessary materials before the event.


  • 2020 A Day of ATHENA Workshop & Awards Program


    Since 1998 the Pickerington Area Chamber has brought together community and business leaders to celebrate the individuals who excel in their professions, give back to their communities, and raise up other leaders. Join nearly 150 fellow attendees for a half-day of exploring leadership and networking, culminating in the presentation of the ATHENA Leadership Award, ATHENA Emerging Leader Award, and the Youth ATHENA Award. 

    This year's workshop, Work Less, Accomplish More, will be presented and led by certified coach, author, and speaker, Lisa Crilley Mallis, owner of Impactive Strategies and Immediate Past President of NAWBO Cleveland

  • Who is eligible for an ATHENA Leadership Award? Who is eligible for an ATHENA Leadership Award?

    It's the time of year, once again, where we seek nominees for the Annual ATHENA Awards program.  Since 1998, the Pickerington Area Chamber has hosted the ATHENA Awards and each year we are amazed at the nominees and all that they have accomplished.  If you know of a deserving woman or man, please nominate them today! 

    We will celebrate the nominees and announce the 2020 ATHENA Award Recipients at the A Day of ATHENA Workshop & Awards Program on Friday, October 9th.  

    ATHENA nominees are women or men leaders who meet each of the following criteria:

    • Is a member in good standing of the PACC (all employees of the member company are also eligible)
    • Demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her/his business or profession
    • Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her/his community
    • Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally
  • Work Less – Accomplish More

    Imagine you have the freedom to focus on what you do best - and at the end of the day, you know you’ve accomplished exactly the right tasks in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Busy-ness doesn’t equal business, the key is to uplevel your time-management skills so you can easily get the most important things accomplished and have more time to enjoy your life.

    Participants will:

    • Learn how to easily identify your Zone of Genius and understand the importance of staying in the zone
    • Create strategies to minimize the amount of time you spend fighting fires and maximize the time you spend thinking
    • Increase productivity by strategically utilizing your peak work hours


    NOTE:  This is an interactive workshop, so turn on your cameras, take yourself off mute, and bring your calendar, to-do list, and willingness to participate!

  • Please RSVP by Oct. 2

    *Registration is required.*




    Workshop and Awards Celebration - $40.00

    Awards Celebration Only - $20.00


    * For Sponsorship and Swag Box information, please contact Theresa at theresa@pickeringtonchamber.com or (614) 837-1958

  • 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award Finalists

  • Janis Francis

    Proprietor, The Humble Crate Artisan Marketplace and Realtor®, RE/MAX Connection Realtors®

    Ms. Francis believes in always putting a positive spin on any situation. She is a very active member of the Pickerington community, having served on the Pickerington Downtown committee, headed up the Pickerington Farmers' Market, and is now the current President of the Pickerington Village Association. Ms. Francis is a member of the RE/MAX Executive Club and a 5 Star Agent through Columbus Monthly magazine. 

  • Allison Kuhn

    Manager Business Operations, OhioHealth and Board Member

    Allison Kuhn is driven to make a positive difference in the lives of others. She believes in servant leadership and the importance of engaging others. Ms. Kuhn has been honored with the OhioHealth PRISM award six times. Her volunteer experience includes the American Red Cross, Drag Racing Association of Women, and 17 years with the Violet Festival. Ms. Kuhn is a registered Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master Teacher.

  • Heather Landon

    Branch Manager, Heartland Bank and Board Member, Pickerington Area Chamber 

    Heather Landon feels that community service is one of the most important things anyone can do. She volunteers at least once per month for several organizations, including the BrockStrong Foundation, Tyler's Light, and the Pickerington and Canal Winchester Chambers. Ms. Landon has received the Heartland Quality & Excellence Award, Perseverance Award, Big Fish Award and has been recognized as a member of the Heartland Bank Circle of Champions for her work in assisting businesses receive SBA pandemic assistance funding. 

  • Jaclyn Rohaly 

    Councilperson, City of Pickerington and Immigration & International Resource Manager, Nationwide Children's Hospital

    Jaclyn Rohaly strives to be the best role model for other women. She believes in the importance of helping others succeed and in giving back to those that have helped you. Ms. Rohaly is the Founder and Chair of the Hispanic Employee Resource Group (HOLA) at Nationwide Children's Hospital and serves on several other Nationwide Children's Hospital-affiliated Boards. Ms. Rohaly is active in Fairfield County politics and is a member of the Columbus Council on World Affairs.

  • 2020 Emerging ATHENA Leadership Award Finalists

  • Traci Bakenhaster

    Owner, Design & Renew Career and Finance Coaching

    Whether you are 14 or 104, Traci Bakenhaster wants "to empower you to find your purpose and live in financial freedom." As a career and finance coach, she has been able to help women in all walks of life and ages to achieve their career, finance, and life goals. Ms. Bakenhaster has been in many roles throughout the community, via board participation, volunteering, and memberships, including the Pickerington Lions Club and Habitat for Humanity, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Fairfield County. 

  • Amanda Mazik

    Associate Financial Planner, Arcadia Financial Partners

    Amanda Mazik is committed to helping those in need. Her greatest accomplishment is helping her clients believe they are not their financial mistakes. Ms. Mazik received a full scholarship from the Financial Planning Association and the College for Financial Planning for the College's Registered Paraplanner professional designation program and has written a guide to financial planning for military families. 

  • 2020 Youth ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees

  • Nina Azadi-Ardekani

    Miss Azadi-Ardekani is a member of the Service Learning Team at Pickerington High School Central, mentoring younger students at Heritage Elementary. She is also a member of the Link Crew and a member of the PHSC Varsity Soccer team. Miss Azadi-Ardekani holds a 4.426 GPA and ranks within the top 20 of her class. She is a member of NHS, Key Club, and the Drug Free Club of America. 

  • Emma Bond

    Miss Bond is a Senior at Pickerington High School Central with a weighted GPA 4.521. She is a member of the Drug Free America Club, Sunny Side Up, German Club, and Diversity Club. Miss Bond participates in PHSC's Color Guard and Winter Guard and is a Program Aide Leader with Girl Scout's of Ohio's Heartland Pickerington Day Camp Program. 

  • Camille Hedd

    Miss Hedd is a Senior at Pickerington High School Central and maintains a 4.1 GPA. As Head Student Organizer of the 2019 CommUNITY Fair, she planned, coordinated, and directed over 20 students in various rolls to make this event a huge success. Miss Hedd is a member of HOSA, NHS, Diversity Club and is the Founder and President of Interact Club, a Rotary service club.

  • Makayla Raine Lewis 

    Miss Lewis is a four-year member of the PHSC Color Guard and Winter Guard, competing across Ohio on the Ohio Indoor Performance Association Circuit. She coaches the elementary school Tiger Cubs and the Ridgeview Junior High Winter Guard. Miss Lewis is a member of the PHSC Jazz Band and NHS. She works for the Columbus Zoo and a local pet store. 

  • Sophie Makhoul

    Miss Makhoul is the Head Stage Manager for the Theatre Department at Pickerington High School Central, assisting the Director is running all theatre productions. She is a Web Leader, member of Link Crew, and NHS. While working at Smith Farm Market, Miss Makhoul has completed a semester of college credit and maintains a 3.797 GPA. 

  • Eliana Rider

    Miss Rider attends the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools Multimedia program at Pickerington North High School where she maintains 4.5 GPA. She and her Business Professionals of America (BPA) team won the 2020 BPA Website Design state competition. Miss Rider is co-owner of Party with Princesses, providing character actresses for birthday parties and other special events.  

  • Jayden Salifu

    Miss Salifu, a Senior at Pickerington Central High School and Eastland Career Center, volunteers her time with City Care Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a lasting difference in the lives of children. She is team manager for the PHSC Volleyball team and a member of Business Professionals of America. Miss Salifu maintains a 3.5-4.0 GPA.