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Anchorage ATHENA Society postponed its 2020 induction luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We had originally rescheduled the event for September 28, however, it is apparent that we need to press pause on the 2020 induction and move the luncheon to 2021.

This will allow Alaskans an opportunity to come together in 2021 and celebrate the ten women* who were selected this year for membership in the Anchorage ATHENA Society, as well as the 2020 Leadership Award Recipient Carol Gore.

We appreciate all the support you have provided to this important event over the years celebrating the accomplishments and hard work of Anchorage women. We look forward to seeing you in 2021. More information will be coming to you when a new date has been chosen.

In the meantime, stay healthy, wear a mask, and don’t touch your face.

Sponsorships and tickets will be honored at the rescheduled event. If however, you’d like to have your charges reversed, please contact the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Kaylin Smith, or call 677-7111.

The Anchorage ATHENA Society is pleased to announce the inductees into the Class of 2020. A group of 10 women have been chosen, representing a variety of fields and expertise.

The 2020 inductees are:

  • Tammy Lee Ashley, Director of Program Operations, Alaska Native Justice Center
  • Deena Bishop, Superintendent, Anchorage School District
  • Deborah Bitney, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Rasmuson Foundation
  • Lori Davey, Vice President, Enterprise Market, GCI
  • Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, Owner, Valerie Davidson and Associates
  • Amy Fredeen, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President, Cook Inlet Tribal Council
  • Kari C. Hall, Founder, Owner, Operator, Allure Day Spa and Hair Design
  • Jodie Hettrick, Fire Chief, Anchorage Fire Department
  • Cathleen N. McLaughlin, Owner/CEO, Restorative and Reentry Services
  • Melinda Taylor, Communication Director, IBEW Local 1547

The ATHENA Leadership Award, the Society’s highest award, recognizes a former inductee for exceptional service. This year’s recipient is: Carol Gore, President/CEO, Cook Inlet Housing Authority. Before joining CIHA, Gore was VP of Cook Inlet Region where she managed a national and Alaska-based portfolio valued at more than $200 million.

The Anchorage ATHENA Society will celebrate professional excellence, commitment to community, and the encouragement of leadership potential of women when the ten new members are inducted at the annual luncheon. Scheduled for September 28, 2020, at the Dena’ina Center. Doors open at 11:30 am, the program begins at noon and will conclude no later than 1:30 pm.

Date: Monday, September 28, 2020

Time: Doors open at 11:30 am, program begins at 12 noon, adjourn no later than 1:30 pm

Location: Dena’ina Conference Center Ballroom

Cost: Individual tickets $50.00 and available for purchase here.

Sponsorships: Range from $100 to $3,500, click here to access the sponsorship form on Dropbox.

ATHENA Society Supporters

THANK YOU 2020 Anchorage ATHENA Society Sponsors

Founder's Circle: $3,500

Visionary Circle: $2,500

Circle of Wisdom: $1,500

Circle of Service: $750

Supporters: $200

Friends: $100