This year I had the privilege of serving as a judge for the 2nd Annual Sheboygan County Athena Leadership Awards. I am still humbled and honored to have been voted one of the top 5 finalists out of 25 incredible nominees last year. Many of these women are the kind of women I aspire to be, so to be honored alongside them was incredible. I am still thankful for the recognition and opportunity to meet so many amazing women in my community.


Here is some info about the award from the Athena Award website if you are not familiar with it:

“The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman —or man— who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Since the program’s inception in 1982, more than 7,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, Unite 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.

ATHENA Leadership Award recipients are individuals who:

  • Have achieved the highest level of professional excellence.
  • Contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
  • Actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.


While reading the nominee forms and recommendation letters as part of my judging duties, I was thankful to get a window into the lives of the nominees. Getting to know more of the movers and shakers around here made Sheboygan feel even more like a close-knit, vibrant, caring, community to me. I can’t go anywhere in Sheboygan without seeing someone I know, and often when I’m meeting a new person, we will have mutual friends. It makes it feel like a small world in a good way in this county of 116,000. There are truly some amazing project and people here. See you at the awards on November 15!