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Athena honorees, Male Champions of Change announced


Ten Quad City community leaders recently were named 2018 Athena and Male Champion of Change Award honorees by Iowa Women Lead Change — the Women’s Connection.

The Athena Awards are presented by the Connection and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to elevate and honor women who are setting a gold standard in their business and community leadership, and who are helping to bring along the next generation of female leaders.

The Male Champion for Change Award honors a man from the region who exhibits exceptional commitment to the acceleration of women in leadership and who uses his influence and talents to enhance gender diversity.

Award recipients were originally reported by the Quad-City Times

Athena honorees are:

  • Monica Forret, director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program at St. Ambrose University. 
  • LuAnn Haydon, retired manager of John Deere Global Visual Services.
  • Lisa Killinger, professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic.
  • Chris McCormick Pries, clinical director of Vera French.
  • Amy Nimmer, retired director of John Deere Global HR Operations. 

Male Champion of Change Award honorees are:

  • Brian Hollenback, president and CEO, Economic Growth Corp.
  • Daniel Huber, owner and CEO, Frontier Hospitality Group.
  • Christopher Hunter, outpatient rehab supervisor, Genesis Health Systems.
  • A.J. Loss, president and CEO, Bush Construction.
  • Joe Moreno, president, Quad-City Marathon.

The 2017 Athena Awards dinner and program will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 29 at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. Register online

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