• ATHENA Leadership Awards

    The ATHENA®​  Leadership Awards Program recognizes and honors the achievements of outstanding professional and business women. It celebrates individuals who strive toward the highest level of accomplishment; women who excel in their chosen field but who also open paths so that others may follow.

    The ATHENA Awards Program is an international program. Since its beginning in Michigan in 1982, more than 7,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in 8 countries. The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is pleased to bring this important recognition program to women working in or contributing to Palo Alto.

    In keeping with the spirit of the ATHENA Awards reflecting the strength, wisdom and power of the mythical goddess, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is, for the first time in 2019, awarding the Silicon Valley Woman of Wisdom®​ Award to a professional woman living or working in Silicon Valley who embodies the principles of ethical leadership, demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit, has achieved exceptional success in her career, and is an inspiration to all women.

    Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the

    33rd Annual ATHENA® Awards

    and the inaugural

    Silicon Valley Woman of Wisdom ® Award

    Thursday, November 7th ~ Luncheon generously hosted by  the Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper Street

    11:00 a.m. Reception/Networking   12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon


    Recognizing the outstanding professional achievements of the 2019 honorees

    Carol S. Larson

    President and CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

    ATHENA Leadership Award


    Lucy Wicks

    Director, Stanford University Office of Government and Community Relations

    ATHENA Emerging Professional Leadership Award


    Celeste Volz Ford

    Founder/Chair of the Board, Former CEO, Stellar Solutions

    Inaugural Silicon Valley Woman of Wisdom®​ Award

    The luncheon usually sells out - seating is limited - reserve your place today!

    For Individual Tickets and Preferred Table Reservations CLICK HERE

    Event Sponsorships Available ~ Contact the Chamber at 650-324-3121 or info@paloaltochamber.com

  • Supporting, developing and honoring women leaders.  Inspiring women to achieve their full potential.  Creating balance in worldwide leadership.

  • Past ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients

    Cecilia Burciaga (1987) • Loretta Green (1988) • Gail Stypula (1989) • Rose Kleiner (1990)

    Paula Sandas (1991) • Betsy Bechtel (1992) • Carroll Harrington (1993) • Kathleen Gwynn (1994)

    Jeanne D. Kennedy (1995) • Beverly Nadine (1996) • Karen Csejtey (1997) • Susan Black (1998)

    Marlene Prendergast (1999) • Lynne Johnson (2000) • Sharon Williams (2001) • Lisa Hendrickson (2002)

    Pam Brandin (2003) • Jean McCown (2004) • Barbara Gross (2005) • Karen Nierenberg (2006)

    Georgie Gleim (2007) • Marilyn Winkleby (2008) • Deborah Pappas (2009) • Audrey Rust (2010)

    Tara VanDerveer (2011) • Rebecca Nelson (2012) • Anne Warner Cribbs (2013)

    Jane Williams (2014) • Eileen Richardson (2015) • Karen Kienzle (2016) • Jenny Dearborn (2017) 

    Sherri Sager (2018)


  • Past ATHENA Emerging Professional Leadership Award Recipients

    Jacquetta Lannan (2014) • Stephanie Martinson (2015) • Candice Gonzalez (2016) 

    Anissa Leong (2017) •  Elaine Uang (2018)

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