Adele Hall, Marie Farrell, and the Greek Goddess Athena

by

President and CEO James A. Heeter

October 19, 2010

The Chamber celebrated all three – Adele, Marie, and the goddess of wisdom – at a lovely reception held on an equally lovely evening at Boulevard Brewery last week.

It was our annual ATHENA Award Ceremony honoring an individual who has a strong record of achievement, community service, and who actively assists women in realizing their full leadership potential.  The ATHENA Award program includes more than 375 U.S. cities and has recognized more than 6,000 women and men. 

Thanks to Chamber Board member Dave Fowler and KPMG, a second award was presented this year – the ATHENA Young Professionals Leadership Award.  This award is given to an emerging leader who:

  •  demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their profession;
  • Provides service by contributing time and energy to improve the community’s quality of life; and
  • Clearly serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally.

 Adele Hall and Marie Farrell are both exemplary women and certainly deserving of their awards.

Adele’s record of community service speaks for itself.  I’m not sure there’s a community board she hasn’t served on.  She was one of the 12 originating members of the Central Exchange, and her philanthropic efforts extend across the metro, with a particular focus on women and children.

Marie Farrell works for Past Chair Anne St. Peter’s firm, Global Prairie.  Marie is an alum of The Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program, is a well-known communications professional in the life sciences community, and is a mentor to many young women.

It was a delightful evening honoring two outstanding Kansas City women.  Our thanks again to Dave Fowler and KPMG.  And another tip ‘o’ the hat to KCUMB and Dr. Danny Weaver.  KCUMB is the original and continuing sponsor of the ATHENA Award. 

For a bio of this year’s ATHENA award winner, click here.

For a bio of this year’s ATHENA young professional award winner, click here.

For a list of past ATHENA award winners, click here.

For a photo gallery of the 2010 ATHENA Awards reception, click here.

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