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January 27, 2014

Athena nominees sought

TRAVERSE CITY — The Record-Eagle will feature a story each month in cooperation with Athena Grand Traverse that profiles someone who embodies the qualities the Athena awards program was founded to reward.

The stories document some of the extraordinary people in the Grand Traverse region who’ve worked to blaze trails for women in leadership. They will publish on the last Monday of each month and aim to encourage readers to think of people in their own lives who embody the qualities sought by the Athena committee.

Athena Grand Traverse, part of a larger international awards program, bestows one Athena award each spring to someone in the region who has made paths for women to follow.

The 19 past award recipients come from all walks of life, from corporate executives to dedicated volunteers. The only requirement is that the award winner embody the seven characteristics of the group’s leadership model: authentic self, celebration and joy, collaboration, courageous acts, fierce advocacy, giving back, and learning and relationships.

“Essentially, all Athenas encompass those traits,” said Rachel Jarosz, a member of the group’s selection committee.

Between now and April 1, the committee wants nominations for people who live or work in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska or Leelanau counties and embody the characteristics of an Athena.

The 20th Athena award will be announced May 8. If there’s a person worthy of Athena consideration, please go to and tell the committee why that person deserves recognition.

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