Athena Award Winners Promote and Develop Women’s Leadership in the County

RICHMOND, Ind. – Two women from Richmond and Girl Scouts from Wayne County have been chosen for the Athena Awards.

Tracie Robinson has been shortlisted for the Athena Leadership Award, Roxie Deer for the Athena Young Professional Award and the Girl Scouts of Wayne County Service Unit for the new Athena Organizational Leadership Award, according to a press release.

Winners will receive hand-cast bronze and crystal sculptures at the August 18 awards dinner at 6 p.m. at Forest Hills Country Club. The sculptures symbolize the strength, courage and wisdom of the recipients of Athena.

The local Athena Awards were established in 2014 and are sponsored by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, which are approved host organizations for Athena International, a women’s leadership organization, according to the statement. Proceeds benefit local organizations dedicated to serving women’s leadership development.

The Athena Leadership Award honors a woman who has achieved professional excellence, served the community in a meaningful way, and actively helps women realize their leadership potential. Previous recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman, Janis Buhl-Macy and Melissa Vance.

Robinson, Director of Sales and Associate Broker at Better Homes and Gardens First Realty Group, is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cope Environmental Center, District Chairman history of Richmond Depot, co-director of the Depot Festival of Trees and member of the Midwest Music and Heritage Trail Board of Directors, Wayne County Revolving Loan Fund Board of Directors, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Committee , the Economic Development Corporation Marketing Committee and the Tri Kappa Delta Zeta philanthropic sorority.

Robinson previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Richmond Board of Realtors, Chairman of the Board of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Corporation, Board Member of administration of Every Child Can Read and Third Grade Academy and non-profit coordinator for InConcert.

Roxie Deer is a recipient of the Athena Young Professional Leadership Award.  Pictured are Paula Kay King (from left), Theresa Lindsey, Roxie Deer and JoAnn Spurlock.

The Athena Young Professional Leadership Award recognizes a woman between the ages of 18 and 35 who demonstrates professional excellence, creativity and initiative; provides a valuable service to improve the quality of life of the community; and serves as a personal and professional role model for young women. Previous recipients include Jessie Pilewski and Ashley Sieb.

Deer is the Director of Membership and Education for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Helping Young Professionals Engage and Wayne County Ambassador for Forge Your Path East Central Indiana, as well as a board member of A Better Way for Genesis, DIVA, and the Winter Meltdown Festival. She is Chair of the Board of the City of Richmond Housing Authority and Chair of the Committee for Whitewater Community Television and Tri Kappa Delta Zeta.

In 2021, Deer established the Deer Family Fund to support Wayne County women battling breast cancer.

Girl Scout Service Unit of Wayne County receives Athena Award for Organizational Leadership.  Pictured are Whitney Burkhart (from left), Ella Summitt, Mallory Summitt, JoAnn Spurlock, Jessica Oswalt, Ashley Burkhart and Paula Kay King.

The Athena Organizational Leadership Award debuts this year to recognize companies or organizations that create a culture that encourages female employees to realize their leadership potential or provides and supports leadership development opportunities and initiatives for women and girls.

The mission of the Girl Scouts of Wayne County Service Unit is to help girls build courage, confidence and character and make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Wayne County help others, are resourceful, and provide companionship and friendship to others.

The Wayne County Service Unit hosts day camps, cookie rallies, World Thinking Day celebrations, awards ceremonies, and service projects. This year, 850 boxes of cookies were donated to Wayne County first responders, food pantries and military service members.

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