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2019 ATHENA Leadership Award recipients announced

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NEWS RELEASE — The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award® and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. The recipients were named at an awards program held on Wednesday, November 6 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild.

Mona Fox, Chief Operating Officer at Ameriprise Financial – Wausau – Cornerstone Advisors, was named the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award.

“I encourage everyone to not wait to get involved in our community. I’ve gotten back tenfold what I put in and you will, too.”  said Fox. “Because, if not you, who?”
The finalists for the 34th annual ATHENA Leadership Award® were:

  • Kristina Barbier
  • Mona Fox
  • Amber Gober
  • Linda Hackbarth
  • Michelle Phillips
  • Shereen Siewert

Lora Bladow, Realtor at REMAX/Excel, was named the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®.

“I moved to Wausau five years ago from the Madison area,” said Bladow. “I vividly remember attending the ATHENA Awards and sitting at a table of complete strangers, in awe of that year’s finalists. I continue to be astounded by the efforts and accomplishments of the finalists recognized at this year’s event.”

The finalists for the 12th annual ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® were:

  • Lora Bladow
  • Megan Cyr
  • Mindy Hoppe
  • Katie Rosenberg
  • Jessica Scharfenberg
  • Andrea Stoiber
  • Emily Voss

The ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® are presented to women or men in recognition of their professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Melissa Langbehn and Victoria Saha of WAOW/WYOW Television Inc served as the emcees for this year’s event.

Ann Dahlke, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO at UMR, was named the recipient of the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award® and Allison Liddle, President at Allison Liddle Consulting and Partner/Marketing Director at Prosper Wealth Management, was named the recipient of the 2018 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® Program’s presenting sponsor is O’Malley Cadillac Honda. The platinum sponsor is Ruder Ware LLSC, the gold sponsors are Ameriprise Financial – Wausau – Cornerstone Advisors, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP and EO Johnson Business Technologies, the silver sponsors are Ansay & Associates LLC, BMO Harris Bank, The Dirks Group LLC and Wisconsin Public Service Corp, the bronze sponsor is Incredible Bank. The media sponsor is WAOW and the live production sponsor is JEM Productions.

Top photo: Lora Bladow, left, was named the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® and Mona Fox, right, was named the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award® during a program held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

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