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The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking 2024 nominees from throughout New Jersey for the 2024 ATHENA Leadership Awards, which recognize individuals for outstanding business and professional accomplishments, community service and mentorship. 

Presented to leaders across professional sectors, the ATHENA Leadership Award’s rich history, international scope and focus on mentorship distinguish it as one of the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) is the only organization in New Jersey licensed to present the ATHENA Leadership Award.  

Businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals are encouraged to submit nomination applications for those who fulfill the award criteria. Past nominees and award recipients have come from diverse backgrounds, with careers in every industry and have championed a variety of charitable causes. Nomination applications are due by June 30. 

Last year, longtime NJBIA member Carol Stillwell, president and CEO of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., was honored as the 2023 ATHENA Leadership Award winner. Attorney Nicole Suissa won the 2023 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award (for a leader aged 24-40). 

The MRCC will present the 2024 ATHENA Leadership Award and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award at its annual luncheon on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Go here for information on tickets, including early bird discounts, and sponsorship opportunities for this event. 

To be considered for an ATHENA Leadership Award, nominees must live and work in New Jersey in either the profit or not-for-profit sector. Nominees must have a proven record of contributing to the financial growth of her company, demonstrate progressive advancement in her career, and other achievement milestones. A commitment to improving the quality of life in her community and assisting other women achieve their full potential are also important. 

The ATHENA Program Committee will review each nominee application form to ensure it meets the qualifications and eligibility based on the criteria outlined above and to select the finalists, using a rubric scoring system. Submitting a form does not guarantee a nomination as a finalist. Applicants will be notified of their nomination status after the deadline submission date.