Colorado Women's Chamber announces ATHENA nominees

Twelve Colorado women are vying for the leadership award

Colorado Women’s Chamber has announced the nominees for the 2016 ATHENA Leadership award, which honors a successful, accomplished woman in the community.

Jennifer Alderfer, President & CEO, North Suburban Health Center; Rose Andom, Owner & CEO, Rosmik, Inc.; Naomi Binkley, Founder & Managing Partner, Fireside Production; Karen de Bartolomé, Founder & Executive Director, WorldDenver; Rachael Jayne Groover, Founder & CEO, Groover Seminars, Inc.; Dorothy Horrell, Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver; Kelly Ann Kozeliski, Partner, EKS&H LLP; Sherri Kroonenberg, General Manager, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments; Sharon Linhart, Founder & Managing Partner, Linhart Public Relations; Meshach Rhoades, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale; Jodi Rolland, Colorado State and Denver Market President, Bank of America; and Tracey Pool, Director of Rooms, Hyatt Regency Denver.

Now in its 19th year, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) will be awarding the International ATHENA Leadership Award on April 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. The ATHENA Leadership Model® was developed by ATHENA International through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in 1982. Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in eight countries. 

This model identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: authentic self, relationships, giving back, collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy, celebration and joy. These personal traits, combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership, such as taking risks, assertiveness and hard work, are the attributes of the ATHENA award to honor one successful and accomplished woman in the community.

The award dinner will feature keynote speaker, Kristin D. Russell, a dynamic executive with more than 15 years’ experience in leading large operations, services and information technology (IT) organizations. She is a director with Deloitte Digital and is leading the firm’s national Digital Government strategy. In 2011, Russell was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve as Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer for Colorado.

Before the dinner, the CWCC will host a half-day conference themed Igniting Women to Pursue Their Highest Aspirations.  The conference goal is to leave attendees inspired for action so they can grow their business and better achieve their professional goals. The conference targets professional women who want to grow their careers, build their skills, develop relationships and connections. Space is available for up to 150 people. Registration is now open.

For more information regarding nominations, the ATHENA Award Dinner or the ATHENA Conference, please visit the website.

About the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce:

Since its creation in 1988, The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) has played a significant role in growing business in Colorado. With the mission of creating an environment and the resources conducive to our members’ business success, the CWCC provides opportunities and visibility for women in business through relationship development, education, mentorship, partnership and alliances. Visit for more information.

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