Congratulations to our 2019 ATHENA Award Luncheon honorees: Abigale Gee (Rebecca Cornish Scholarship), Dr. Andrea Jeffress (ATHENA Award), and Silenia Guerrero-Vasquez (ATHENA Young Professional Award).
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The ATHENA Awards Luncheon is held every other year opposite the ATHENA Women's Leadership Luncheon. During the event, three awards are presented to honor women leaders and those who support them. The awards are: - The ATHENA Leadership Award - presented to an established leader for their efforts in supporting and encouraging women leaders - ATHENA Young Professional - presented to a local female college student who demonstrates excellence and a commitment to the community while being a role model to her peers - Rebecca Cornish Scholarship - a scholarship presented to a local female high school student that supports the cost of a two-week sail aboard the Flagship Niagara to develop her leadership skills
Since the program’s inception in 1982, nearly 6,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Award program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. To view a complete list of past ATHENA Leadership Award winners and the selection criteria, visit our awards page.
In addition to the leadership award, each of the four local universities is approached to nominate a female student for the ATHENA Young Professional Award. One nominee is selected from each university: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Each of the finalists is recognized at the luncheon event and one winner is announced. To view a complete list of past ATHENA Young Professional Award winners and the selection criteria, visit our awards page.
2019 ATHENA Award Recipient: Dr. Andrea Jeffress
2019 ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient: Silenia Guerrero-Vasquez, Edinboro University
Silenia is a senior at Edinboro University, majoring in both Social Work and Criminal Justice and minoring in Sociology and Psychology. Silenia has also completed an Associate's Degree in Arts in Human Services. Silenia was selected as one of two student representatives to serve on a University-wide Strategic Planning Committee, acting as powerfully vocal advocate for students, particularly on the issues of community development and the needs of underrepresented minority students. She holds professional leadership positions with several campus organizations including the "Take a Stand Against Sexual Violence" club, Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Workers, and Latino Student Organization. In her role with the "Take a Stand Against Sexual Violence" club, she led the charge to partner with the Crime Victim Center in Erie and the Safe Journey organization in Union City to provide internal and external support resources to sexual assault survivors. She is also working closely with the newly hired Chief Diversity Officer of Edinboro to expand membership in the Take a Stand organization and increase awareness of support resources in the communities surrounding campus. She is also a member of Edinboro's chapter of ATHENA Connections, the National Society of Leadership and Success, the International Student Affiliation, the Social Work Club, and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Silenia is currently serving as an enforcement intern for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Philadelphia. In this role, she assists with mediations and settlement conferences, collecting information about equal opportunity complaints. She also serves as a translator and interpreter and reviews inquiries and inputs data to assist with investigations.
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