Call for Nominations: Rochester Chamber ATHENA Awards

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate have issued a call for nominations for the 2018 ATHENA Awards.  A new addition to the program is the ATHENA Organizational Award.  Rochester Chamber and the Women’s Council plan to present the awards, which recognize and empower women in business, at the 32nd annual ATHENA Awards dinner January 25, 2018.

The ATHENA Award is given annually to a professional female leader who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service, and the professional advancement of women. 

The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes emerging female leaders in the 30 to 45 year old range who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession and serve as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

The ATHENA Organizational Award goes to a woman-owned or woman-led business or organization that creates a culture encouraging women employees to achieve their full leadership potential and supports leadership development opportunities for women and girls in the community.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, "Rochester Chamber is once again pleased to collaborate with our affiliate, the Women’s Council, to bring well-deserved recognition to women leaders across the Finger Lakes region.  The ATHENA Organizational Award is one more way to shine a light on the success and leadership of women in business.  I encourage everyone to submit nominations for all three awards as a way to show pride in these important individuals and organizations."

ATHENA Awards Committee Chair and Women’s Council President Wende Knapp, Esq., said, “The Greater Rochester area is fortunate to have so many outstanding businesses and organizations that are owned or led by amazing professional women.  The Women’s Council believes that there is no better way to acknowledge these efforts than by adding the ATHENA Organizational Award to the ATHENA portfolio.  This additional recognition will also further enable the Women’s Council to deliver on its commitment to recognizing and empowering the success of women at every stage of their careers.”

Nocon & Associates Private Wealth Advisor Nannette Nocon received the 31st annual ATHENA Award.  Melisza Campos, Dale Carnegie vice president of operations and instruction master trainer, took home the third annual ATHENA Young Professional Award.

To nominate a distinguished woman business leader for the ATHENA Award, an outstanding emerging professional woman for the ATHENA Young Professional Award, or a woman-owned or woman-led organization for the ATHENA Organizational Award, visit  Only online submissions will be accepted.  The nomination deadline is October 6. 

For additional information, contact Nina Shelton at or (585) 256-4644.