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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



  • 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

  • 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient

  • 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. 

  • 2020 Emerging ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient

  • 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. 

  • 2020 Youth ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient

  • 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.

  • Traci Bakenhaster and family
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