ATHENA AWARDS HONOR LOCAL AREA LEADERS, BUSINESSES AND YOUNG PROFESSIONAL
The ATHENA Awards, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, honor individuals, businesses, and young professionals who have achieved professional excellence, actively served the community, and helped women to reach their leadership potential. This year’s recipients are Dr. Dione Christy, School District of Palm Beach County in the Individual category; Christine D. Hanley & Associates, P.A. in the Business category, and Brandy Upright Truex, Upright Marketing Solutions, in the Young Professional Leadership category.
"The ATHENA Awards recognize the truly inspiring women who make a difference in our community, excel in their professions and make the time to mentor others. I loved listening to their personal stories, and have great admiration for what they have accomplished and what they’ve done to bring others along in their wake,” said Carey O’Donnell, Chair, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. “The recipients have shown outstanding leadership and are true role models for this community. The Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches is honored to recognize these leaders with the ATHENA Award.”
The ATHENA Individual Award, sponsored by SWS/Sun Recycling, was presented to Dr. Dione Christy, K-12 Certified Efficacy Specialist. Dr. Christy has evidenced leadership and depth of character in developing and leading specific District programs that strengthen the community and its youth. She is the 2002 Dwyer Award Winner for Special Education Excellence.
The Business ATHENA Award, sponsored by Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, was presented to Christine D. Hanley and Associates, P.A. The management-side employment and labor law boutique was founded 18 years ago with the vision to create a practice that facilitates productivity and fosters individual growth.
The Young Professional ATHENA Award, sponsored by CityPlace Shops, was presented to Brandy Upright Truex, President of Upright Marketing Solutions, who has built her career in Palm Beach County where she first worked in the Special Events Department of the City of West Palm Beach. She believes strongly in mentoring through college internship, and at times has created internship programs at her place of employment.