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Athena Awards 2009

The Athena Awards were first presented in 1982 to honor those who have helped women achieve their full leadership potential. The impartial judging committee also considers those who demonstrate creativity and initiative in their careers and help improve the lives of those in their community.

The finalists were honored at a reception hosted by Inside Business Magazine on October 1, 2009.

This year's class of ten Northeast Ohio's finalists is a well deserved group of women and men. Yes, for the first time Cleveland has added a man to the group, Paul Clark of National City Bank now part of PNC.

"Athena would not be in Cleveland if it were not for Paul Clark and a few other people." says Inside Business publisher Frank Bird. Bird says "Back in the 60's and 70's he was working for women's rights "and at that time it wasn't generally accepted or typical." Bird praised the entire class of finalists for their commitment to women's rights.

This year's winners were Jacqueline F. Woods and Jacqueline Silas-Butler. Ms. Woods is the former President of AT&T Ohio and trustee at Kent State University. Ms. Silas-Butler is the Executive Director of Project GRAD in Akron an "educational reform program to increase high school and graduation rates in some of Akron's lowest performing public schools.

Congratulations to the winners and all of the finalists.


Jeaneen McDaniels and Athena Award winner Jacqueline Silas-Butler - all photos by Debbie Hanson

Jeaneen McDaniels and
Athena Award winner Jacqueline Silas-Butler


2009 Cleveland Athena Award winner Jacqueline Woods

Athena Award winner Jacqueline Woods


Dr. Flora N. Dees, Athena Award Finalist Linda F.R. Omobien and Edith Jolson

Dr. Flora N. Dees, Athena Award Finalist Linda F.R. Omobien
and Edith Jolson


Dennis Falsco and Athena Award Finalist Kimberly Haws Falasco

Dennis Falsco and Athena Award Finalist Kimberly Haws Falasco


Inside Business Magazine Publisher Frank Bird with Time Warner's Tish Biggs

Inside Business Magazine Publisher Frank Bird
with Time Warner's Tish Biggs


Emily Ettinger, Athena Award Finalist Heather Roulston Ettinger and Jeff Ettinger

Emily Ettinger, Athena Award Finalist Heather Roulston Ettinger and Jeff Ettinger


Athena Award Finalist Holly Harris Bane and Jim Bane

Athena Award Finalist Holly Harris Bane and Jim Bane


Athena Award Young Professional Winner Lynette Jackson

Athena Award Young Professional Winner Lynette Jackson


Maitland Peet with Athena Award Young Professional Winner Katie Herbst

Maitland Peet with Athena Award Young Professional Winner Katie Herbst


Margaret Payne-Smart, Athena Award Finalist Margaret Payne, James Payne and Bonnie Orton

Margaret Payne-Smart, Athena Award Finalist Margaret Payne, James Payne and Bonnie Orton


Kelli Paoloni, Athena Award Finalist Lisa Rose and Jim Hagerty

Kelli Paoloni, Athena Award Finalist Lisa Rose and Jim Hagerty


Athena Award Finalist Radhika Reddy

Athena Award Finalist Radhika Reddy


Athena Award Finalist Paul Clark with Linda Stevenson

Athena Award Finalist Paul Clark with Linda Stevenson


Sarah Desmond and Editor Steve Gleydura of Inside Business Magazine

Sarah Desmond and Editor Steve Gleydura
of Inside Business Magazine


Mary Verde-Fletcher of Dancing Wheels

Mary Verde-Fletcher of Dancing Wheels


Former Athena Award winner Rita Singh

Former Athena Award winner Rita Singh


2009 Cleveland Athena Awards

2009 Cleveland Athena Awards



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