Each year, Women’s Network, a division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, awards two individuals the ATHENA Leadership and ATHENA Young Professional awards, recognizing women who are leaders in their field and company, community servants and mentors to other women.

This year’s finalists were announced the the Chamber’s Business Showcase on March 7. The winner of each category will be announced on Thursday, April 13 at the ATHENA International Awards Banquet.

ATHENA Leadership Award

  • Jan Grossmann, Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation
  • Mary Ropp, Flat Branch Home Loans
  • Vicki Russell, retired

ATHENA Young Professional Award

  • Anne Churchill, AnnaBelle Events
  • Heather Hargrove, KRCG
  • Laura Kogut, Landmark Bank

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