Three Arizona women accepted honors in public, private and young professional sectors at the 28th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon Oct. 29 at the Arizona Biltmore.
Recipients of the 2015 ATHENA awards included Melissa Sanderson, VP of International Affairs for Freeport-McMoRan Inc., for the private sector; Leah Fregulia, CEO of the Arizona School for the Arts, for the public sector; and Ashley Kasarjian, counsel at Snell & Wilmer LLP, for the young professional sector.
“All of today’s…finalists are powerful leaders who demonstrate what can be accomplished through hard work, determination, vision and empowerment,” Todd Sanders, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said. “They embody the spirit of ATHENA.... Their passion, perseverance and contributions are an inspiration and make Phoenix a better place. It is an honor…to highlight these women’s achievements and celebrate their leadership, dedication and positive impact on our community.”
The ATHENA Award honors women who have invested in their profession and community through hard work, mentoring and community activism. The ATHENA Young Professional Award debuted in 2007, designating young “women to watch.”
On receiving the award, Sanderson said, “I’m thrilled beyond measure and also humbled to be with such an incredible group of women."
Named after the Greek goddess of courage and wisdom, The ATHENA Award is part of ATHENA International, a foundation dedicated to creating leadership opportunities for women.
“One of my primary goals…is to help create the leadership of the future,” said Fregulia. “We’re laying the foundation so that Phoenix will continue to be a great city and continue to grow. It’s important to build that pathway for the next generation and to help them succeed.”
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce supports business growth and development via networking, marketing, programs and a voice in government.
“It’s humbling considering the caliber of women I was nominated along side,” Kasarjian said.