Celebrating women’s leadership

Emily Auerbach, founder of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Odyssey Project, considered a national poverty-fighting model, won the 2018 ATHENA Award. She received the honor during the 21st annual ATHENA Leadership Awards Program ceremony March 13 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. The women’s leadership program is hosted by The Business Forum and celebrates women who demonstrate excellence and leadership in their professional endeavors, make significant contributions to the community, and help other women reach their leadership potential. Also nominated were the following Madison-area professional women: Jennifer Binkley, managing attorney and development director, Community Justice Inc.; Susan Crowley, senior vice president of government affairs, Care Wisconsin; Marci Henderson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland; Dianne Hesselbein, State Representative, 79th District, Wisconsin State Legislature; Shannon Kenitz, executive director, International Hyperbarics Association and founder of A Place of Grace; Ashley Quinto Powell, vice president of sales, Nei-Turner Media Group; Gricel Santiago Rivera, director, Rise Law Center of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin; Kelli Thompson, state public defender, Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender; Maggie Utterback, partner, Quarles & Brady; and Miranda Kaempher Zuhlke, physician assistant, Madison Emergency Physicians. Photos courtesy Meghan Will, Just Love Photography. (For information on getting your event featured in the IB Gallery, email jason@ibmadison.com.)