Nocon, Campos Receive 2017 ATHENA Awards

The Women’s Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, presented Nocon & Associates Private Wealth Advisor Nannette Nocon with its 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.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes emerging 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.

In nominating Melisza Campos for the ATHENA Young Professional Award, Aquinas Institute Administrator Joseph Knapp said, “For more than a decade, Melisza has held numerous key positions within Dale Carnegie providing business strategy and leadership to the performance-improvement field, has set herself apart from her peers, and continues to drive significant revenues and profits locally and nationally.  Not only has Melisza set herself up to change the world, but she’s also equally committed to helping others improve and change themselves in order for them to reach their full potential.”

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.  

Nannette Nocon’s ATHENA Award nominator, Christina Casey said, “Nannette has been rated in the top one percent of advisors for the past 12 years as measured on business results.  Women represent fewer than 20 percent of financial advisors.  Based on her own experience navigating a largely male-dominated industry, Nannette has made it a special focus of her career to nurture, mentor, and sponsor teens, college students, and new graduates. An equally important parallel role in Nannette's life to her professional service is her personal involvement in our community. Hardly a cultural event relating to education or the arts occurs in Rochester where Nannette is not involved.”

Recent ATHENA Award recipients include:

2016: Elaine Spaull, Executive Director, Center for Youth
2015: Amy Tait, President, Broadstone Real Estate
2014: Dr. Lynne Maquat, Director, U of R School of Medicine Center for RNA Biology
2013: Dr. Anne M. Kress, President, Monroe Community College
2012: Dr. Judith F. Baumhauer, Associate Chair of Academic Affairs, Orthopaedics, URMC

Recent ATHENA Young Professional Award recipients include:

2016: Melanie Wolk, Partner at Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina, P.C.
2015: Claudia Burcke, business development professional