Announcing the 2021 ATHENA Awards Finalists

Announcing the 2021 ATHENA Awards Finalists 3|Announcing the 2021 ATHENA Awards Finalists

Every year at the ATHENA Awards Celebration, we gather to celebrate those who embody, encourage and promote the inclusion of women. This year, join us on Wednesday, September 29 at the JW Marriott International Ballroom where the recipients of the 2021 ATHENA Awards will be added to this list of legendary ladies.


2021 ATHENA Leadership Award Finalists

The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to an outstanding leader who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Gabriella De La Vega | Broadcaster, Grand Rapids Community Media Center

Jo Ellyn Clarey | Past President, Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council

Judy Welch | Executive Director – West Michigan, Michigan Women Forward

Melissa Collar | Chief Counsel, Rockford Construction

Roya Bruce | Category Manager, Steelcase Inc.


2021 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Finalists

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is presented to an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally; and provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community.

Dani Dubay | Operations Manager, In The Image

Elisa Pérez-Arellano | Founder & CEO, Inclusive Empowerment Services LLC

Kiara Baskin | Founder & Principal, Bump to Birth Doula Services

Lisa Nuyens Heyne | Executive Director, Superintendent & Principal, Grand Rapids Children’s Discovery Center

Verónica Quintino-Aranda | Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator, Michigan State University Extension


2021 ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award Finalists

The ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award recognizes businesses and organizations that support, develop and honor women leaders. This award is presented to organizations that actively assist women in the community ad within their organization in attaining professional excellence and leadership skills.

Erhardt Construction

Express Employment Professionals

New Destiny Pathways


Announcing the 2021 ATHENA Awards Finalists


Don’t miss out on the 2021 ATHENA Awards Celebration on Wednesday, September 29 where the final recipients will be announced! Join us in celebrating the finalists, announcing the final recipients, and enjoy mingling with other local lady leaders. Register here.



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