Call for Nominations: Women’s Council ATHENA Awards

The Women’s Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, has issued a call for nominations for the 2017 ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Awards through October 6.  The Women’s Council plans to present the awards, which recognize and empower women in business, at its 31st annual ATHENA Awards luncheon January 19, 2017.

The ATHENA Award is given annually by the Women’s Council 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.  Recipients also provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life of others in the community while serving as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

ATHENA Awards Committee chair and Women’s Council President Wende Knapp, Esq., said, “The ATHENA Awards are known as Rochester’s premier business awards showcasing outstanding female professionals doing amazing work both in their profession and community.  By honoring these talented leaders through the ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Awards, Women’s Council is able to continue to drive its mission aimed at recognizing and empowering the success of women at every stage of their careers.”

Center for Youth Executive Director Elaine Spaull received the 30th annual ATHENA Award.  Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina P.C. Partner Melanie Wolk took home the second annual ATHENA Young Professional Award. 

 To nominate a distinguished woman business leader for the ATHENA Award or an outstanding emerging professional woman for the ATHENA Young Professional Award, visit the Women’s Council website at  Only online submissions will be accepted.  

For additional information, contact Nina Shelton at or (585) 265-4644.