• Triangle East ATHENA International Leadership Award Banquet

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    Name: Triangle East ATHENA International Leadership Award Banquet
    Date: October 29, 2019
    Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
    Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
    Event Description:
    The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce is proud to celebrate professional leadership at their second annual ATHENA Leadership Award Banquet.  The Chamber Women's Business Network (CWBN) will host a dinner in their honor on Tuesday, October 29 at Hinnant Family Vineyards. Join us as we recognize our award nominees and present the 2019 award. 

    2019 ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees

    Annette Atkinson, Marketing Director, Huebner Family McDonald’s, Garner
    Donna Bailey-Taylor, President & CEO, Johnston County Visitors Bureau, Smithfield
    Samantha Bureau-Johnson, VP, Enterprise Process Solutions & PMO at Blue Cross NC, Durham
    Shanna Capps, General Manager, Johnston Now magazine, Four Oaks
    Jessica Davis, Chief Curator & Owner, Curated & Company, Smithfield
    Tara Dunn, Owner, Memory Lane Frame Studio, Smithfield
    Dr. Johna Lee Faulconer, Associate Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville
    Kay Johnson, Executive Director, Harbor, Inc., Smithfield
    Corina Knott, Account Executive, Interstate Outdoor, Inc., Selma
    Sarah Elizabeth Lagasse, Sales Manager, Johnston County Visitors Bureau, Smithfield
    Melissa Godwin Overton, Owner/Consultant, Medical Training.Me, Smithfield
    Dr. Marilyn Pearson, Health Director, Johnston County Public Health Department, Smithfield
    Lillian “Cookie” Pope, Commissioner, Johnston County Board of Commission, Smithfield
    Pam Tripp, CEO, CommWell Health, Newton Grove
    Kelly Wallace, Vice President & COO, Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, Smithfield

    Keynote Speaker

    Beth Wood, CPA
    North Carolina State Auditor

    Beth Wood is a Certified Public Accountant in her third term as North Carolina’s elected State Auditor. She is a long-time public servant with nearly 25 years of auditing experience, having worked in the Auditor’s Office for nearly 10 years before her election in 2008 and also in the State Treasurer’s Office.

    Before that, she worked for several companies in the private sector. She is the first woman elected State Auditor in North Carolina.

    Through her work as State Auditor, Beth has helped strengthen and improve state government. Audit teams across the state watch every area of state government for potential savings and smart use of taxpayer dollars. The office has focused particularly on healthcare spending and contracting practices that favored vendors at the expense of taxpayers. As a result, audits published by OSA during her tenure have identified millions of dollars of potential savings.

    Additionally, the office is following up on prior audits, evaluating the use of best practices by state agencies, and working to attract and retain highly skilled auditors.

    About the ATHENA Leadership Award

    The ATHENA Award is presented to an individual who is recognized for professional excellence, for providing valuable service to their community and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.  The ATHENA Award highlights what Recipients have accomplished in addition to paving a path for future successes.  The award is established through local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA’s national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence.

    Award sponsored by
    Event Sponsors:
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield NC
    • Mary Kay Cosmetics - Marvel Dixon
    • Edward Jones
    • Edward Jones - Neal Haworth, Financial Advisor
    • Edward Jones
    • Edward Jones

    Presenting Sponsor

    Award Sponsor

    Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery
    826 Pine Level-Micro Rd.
    Pine Level, NC 27568
    Date/Time Information:
    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    5:00 p.m. Reception
    6:00 p.m. Dinner
    Contact Information:
    Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Giving Back Sponsor $500 (includes recognition with logo on event webpage, at event, and in the program and 4 reserved seats at the event)
    • Fierce Advocacy Partner $250 (includes recognition with logo at event and program and 2 reserved seats at the event)
    • Celebration Friend $100 (includes recognition in program and 1 event registration)
    Individual Registration $35
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