Celebrating Women’s Leadership In Harford County


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ATHENA Award, leadership breakfast recognize excellence and community service


The Annual ATHENA Award and Women’s Leadership Breakfast will be held Friday, March 4, from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. at the Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Road in Edgewood. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Harford Community College organizing the ATHENA Award/breakfast.

Louise Phipps Senft, attorney, author, mediator and founder of Baltimore Mediation, will be the keynote speaker.

The ATHENA Award is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; served the community to improve the quality of life for others; and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

The 2016 finalists are: Claudine Adams, president and CEO, Bravura Information Technology; Jesse Bane, town administrator, Town of Bel Air; Paige Boyle, director of marketing and customer relations, Boyle Buick GMC; Susan Manning Bresuciak, business development specialist, Freedom Federal Credit Union; Anita A. Brightman, founder and CEO, A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations; Carolyn Evans, partner, Sengstacke and Evans, LLC; Kimberly Nikitas, principal research scientist, Battelle; and Amy Woolf, coordinator – Global Studies and International Baccalaureate Magnet Program, Edgewood High School.

Last year’s recipient of the ATHENA Award was Stephanie Hau, president/CEO of Chesapeake Environmental Management.

The ATHENA Award is part of ATHENA International,  a nonprofit that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders. The program inspires women to reach their full potential and strives to create balance in leadership worldwide. Since its founding in 1982, the award has been presented in more than 500 communities in eight countries.

The ATHENA Award presentation and Women’s Leadership Breakfast are organized by the Harford Community College Foundation. The Foundation is one of only three organizations in Maryland to host this event each year.

Proceeds from this year’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast will fund the new ATHENA Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at $1,000, will be awarded annually starting in the next academic year. First preference will be given to a female adult returning to college who exemplifies professionalism and commitment to the community. The recipient must be a Harford County resident, enrolled at least half time (six-plus credits) with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Two new additions are part of this year’s ATHENA breakfast celebration.

The first is a partnership with the Books in Hand Program, sponsored by Greater Excellence in Education Foundation (GEEF). The program sends home backpacks of age- and reading-level appropriate books with elementary students over the summer to improve their reading skills. A special breakfast ticket option includes a donation to support the Books in Hand Program.

Second, eight students who are part of Harford County Public Schools’ Young Women of Promise program will attend the breakfast. The program helps students in eighth, ninth and tenth grades reach their maximum potential as responsible and respectful citizens and academic scholars by providing the knowledge and skills needed to overcome obstacles today’s youth may face. The students will have the opportunity to meet the ATHENA finalists and other business and community leaders who attend.

The Presenting Sponsor of the Annual ATHENA Award and Women’s Leadership Breakfast in Harford County is The Daily Record. Platinum Sponsors are Harford Community College and The Harford Mutual Insurance Companies. Silver Sponsors are Bravura Information Technology Systems, Inc., Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network, Harford Bank and Laurel Bush Family Dentistry. Bronze Sponsors are Absolute Investigative, Fingerprinting & Security Services, APG Federal Credit Union, Association of the United States Army, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland, MediaWise, Inc. and TENAX Technologies, LLC. Media sponsors are Harford Cable Network and I95 Business.

Tickets to the breakfast are $40 per person; $45 per person with a donation to the Books in Hand Program; $350 for a table of 10 or $400 for a table of 10 with a donation to Books in Hand. Tickets should be purchased by February 26 by visiting harford.edu/ATHENA.

For more information, visit harford.edu/ATHENA or call 443-412-2428.

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