For women in the Shreveport-Bossier City area, one of the greatest honors is to be given the ATHENA Award from the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

The Greek goddess Athena is known for her wisdom, warfare, and handicraft. She is also known as a symbol of freedom and democracy.

Being an ATHENA Award recipient puts you in prestigious company. The ATHENA Award is given to women by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce to recognize those who demonstrate professional excellence, engage in community service, and actively help others, especially other women, realize their leadership potential.

The 16 finalists will be honored on November 9th at a luncheon at Sam's Town Hotel and Casino. The public is invited to attend the Greater Shreveport Chamber’s 32nd Annual ATHENA Leadership Award Program Luncheon which will begin at 11:30 am. One of the following honorees will be announced as this year's ATHENA International Leadership Award recipient at the event. Here are the finalists:

Kae Bell - Brentwood Hospital
Rebecca Bonnevier - Brookshire Grocery Arena
Leigh Anne Chambers - LSU Shreveport
Emerie Gentry - Lagniappe P.R.I.M.E., LLC
April Heaberlin - Career Adventures
Judy A. Madison - Red River Bank
Diane Renee' McCuller - Willis-Knighton Health System
Megann Hayes McDaniel - Nationwide Marketing Group
Jessica Milan Miller - Gingerbread House Children's Advocacy Center
Dr. Joslin Mar-Dai Pickens - Vegans on the Run
Brandi Pickett - Ingalls Information Security
Sacha Purciful - KSLA News 12
Arien Ragster - Louisiana Public Health Institute
Katrina Elizabeth Rocha-Sproles - Bossier Parish Community College
Audrey Tarr - Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc.
Dr. Elise Morgan Trahant Lang - Lang Orthodontics

Congratulations ladies and good luck! Register for the luncheon by visiting the Shreveport Chamber's website , emailing , or by calling (318) 677-2500. Make sure to ask for Lindsey Jacobs.

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