Athena event to be held Nov. 12

Each year, the Greater Shreveport Chamber Business Development Connection honors a select group of local individuals at the ATHENA Leadership Award Program. The prestigious ATHENA International Leadership Award is presented to a woman or man, who is honored for attaining professional excellence, engaged community service and for actively assisting women in their achievement of professional excellence and leadership skills.

The Chamber is pleased to announce the following exemplary individuals as the 2020 ATHENA Honorees:

Sonja Bailes-Bain – Public Relations Liaison, Bossier Parish School Board

Kristen Brown – CEO, Brown Builders

Shemika Caldwell-Owens – Owner, We Care Sitting Services, LLC & Jericho Staffing, LLC

Laura P. Crawford – Founder/ Director, Centenary Suzuki School

Renee’ Ellis -Transformation Zone Community Engagement Specialist, Caddo Parish Public Schools

Julie Lessiter – Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives, LSU Shreveport

Jaya McSharma, MD – General Family Medicine, Christus Highland- Owner, McSharma Productions

Susan G. Moffitt – Dealer Principal, Porsche Shreveport & Moffit Mazda

Cynthia B. Mosley – District Executive, Norwela Council, Boy Scouts of America

Gretchen G. Petterway, MD – Pediatrician, Christus Shreveport-Bossier

Renisha J. Sanders – Operations Manager Cardinaux Wealth Advisors

Laura M. Seabaugh – North Louisiana Representative, Office of State Attorney General, Jeff Landry

Suzanne L. Tinsley, Ph.D. – Assistant Dean in the School of Allied Health Professions, LSU Health Sciences Center

Shelli Ulrich – Director of College Transition Programs, Bossier Parish Community College

We encourage the public to join us in celebrating and honoring these outstanding business professionals from our community at the upcoming 30th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award Program, where one of these honorees will be named the 2020 ATHENA International Leadership Award Recipient.

The 30th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award Program will be held November 12th at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino with registration beginning promptly at 11:30 A.M.

Due to restrictions in place for public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, individual tickets are not available for purchase. However, individuals or groups wishing to sit together may purchase six-top tables for this event. During the event, all recommended safety guidelines will be strictly followed, including wearing masks while entering or exiting the event, social distancing as well as limiting close contact, including handshakes. To register for the event, please click here or contact Ellie Ward at

Since the program’s inception in 1982, more than 8,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA International Leadership Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, Unite Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

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