The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce is very proud and honored to announce that we will be presenting two major awards in November. We will be presenting the Athena Leadership Award and the Athena Young Professional Award to two deserving individuals.

The mythological Greek goddess, Athena, is known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment. All of these qualities are embodied in the Athena Leadership Award. The award is unique in both scope — local, national and international — and the Athena mission upon which it is based. Recipients of the Athena Leadership Award are recognized for having achieved the highest level of professional excellence. They contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential. The Athena Leadership Award is presented to a person who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

The Athena Award was begun in 1982. By honoring exceptional leaders, the Athena Leadership Award program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

The Athena Young Professional Award recognizes and honors emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Recipients must also demonstrate their commitment to service by contributing time and energy to improving the quality of life of others in the community while serving as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

The Chamber has been working closely with Athena International in order to bring this very prestigious award to Vermont. It is presented in more than 300 communities in the United States and in Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

The Chamber has a very dedicated committee consisting of Pam Benoit, Benoit Electric; Jessica Hill, Vermont League of Cities & Towns; Susan Kruthers, Words +; Dee Lamberton, A Quilter’s Garden; Kody Lyon, NFP Insurance Brokerage and Consulting; and Amy White from People’s United Bank.

The committee will soon be seeking nominations from across the state for the awards and has already begun the process of creating the awards ceremony. Think “gala event” scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. The committee is excited to be presenting the first in what is expected to be an annual event.

We have a dynamic panel of judges for the awards. They include: Kathryn Austin, president of Community National Bank; Betsy Bishop, president of the Vermont Chamber; Kim Bolduc, owner, Bolduc Metal Recycling; Kristin Carlson, vice president, strategic & regulatory affairs for Green Mountain Power; and Anna Noonan, president and chief operating officer of Central Vermont Medical Center.

We are honored to have been selected by Athena International to present these awards. Nomination forms will become available soon. More information about the Athena Leadership Award and Athena programs can be found at

William E. Moore is the president and CEO of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce.


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