Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center Hosts 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon

SL Chamber LogoThe Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center hosted its 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at the Little America Hotel & Tower.

The conference featured speakers and informative breakout sessions designed to provide help to women in the workplace and celebrate extraordinary leaders who foster an environment where women in our community can thrive.

“Women are critical to the success of our economy.We’re here today to honor excellence in the workplace and the unique contributions made by women business leaders,”said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber.

Karen Gunn, Associate Provost of Economic Development and Business Partnerships, Salt Lake Community College; Executive Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program was honored as the as the 2015 ATHENA Award recipient. The ATHENA award is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business. They must also provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential.

In addition to the ATHENA Award, five women received Pathfinder Awards at the conference. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths promoting the development and recognition of women in business. The five Pathfinder for this year’s event were:

  • Rebecca Dutson, Executive Vice President and COO, United Way of Salt Lake
  • Jodi Holmgren, Director of Business Development and Marketing, Durham Jones & Pinegar
  • Cathy Keen, Vice President and Senior Private Banker, Wells Fargo Private Bank
  • Fraser Nelson, Director of Data and Innovation, Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office
  • Kathy Ricci, CEO and Executive Director, Microenterprise Loan Fund

Event sponsors for the event included: American Express, Wells Fargo, CBRE, Chase, City Creek Center, Questar, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, RC Willey, KNRS, Avalanche Studios, Enterprise Newspaper Group, Intermountain Healthcare, Larry H. Miller Group Companies, Progrexion, Rio Tinto Kennecott and Utah Media Group.


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