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Rotary ATHENA finalist named for 2021

Rotary ATHENA finalist named for 2021



The Rotary Club of Jasper, hosting its ninth annual ATHENA International Leadership Award® presentation in Dubois County, has announced this year’s six finalists. They are Kelly Clauss, Becky Hickman, Norma Kress, Sarah Leonard, Somula (Sam) Schwoeppe, and Marsha Shepherd. The event will be held at the Huntingburg Event Center on Thursday, August 19, 2021, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with Kristi Juster, CEO Kimball International as the keynote speaker. The dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.

German American, Kimball Electronics, Kimball International, MasterBrand Cabinets, and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center are platinum sponsors of this event. Along with this release we will start to gather Gold, Silver and Bronze level sponsors. Single admission tickets are available for purchase also. Currently Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company is a Gold Sponsor and Hoosier Hills Credit Union is a Silver sponsor.  Sponsorships are available by calling Dianna Land at 812-639-3413. The Rotary Club of Jasper is coordinating the entire event.

Founded in 1982 by Martha Mertz, ATHENA® International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders.  The program inspires women to reach their full potential and strives to create balance in leadership worldwide. Supporting, honoring, and developing women leaders are the foundations of the ATHENA Leadership Model®, developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg

Foundation. The model identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s

contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration,

Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, and Celebration & Joy. These

personal traits combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership—taking

risks, assertiveness, and hard work—prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st

Century. Our six ATHENA finalists are recognized for demonstrating these traits throughout their lives.

What Mertz conceived more than a quarter-century ago is now a global movement. Since the program’s inception, more than 8,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in eight countries. In a recent ATHENA International Leadership Conference, Martha noted: “Think about Rosa Parks, who from the authenticity of her core, refused once again, to go to the back of the bus. Consider Mother Theresa who expressed her leadership by the touch of her hand, by the healing of her voice, by the power of her presence—always giving hope. These are but two examples, albeit great examples, of women’s ways of leading that have changed the world.” The Rotary Club of Jasper decided that honoring a local woman leader would be a perfect fit with the ATHENA® Mission of “…supporting, developing and honoring women leaders while inspiring women to achieve their full potential while creating balance in leadership worldwide!”

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