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ATHENA Honors Leaders, Supports Future

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The battle for equality in the workplace continues between women and men, and on Tuesday one organization celebrated female business leaders in the Erie area.

WICU and SEE News were at the ATHENA Power Link luncheon and award ceremony.

50 years ago, there was a large disparity between the number of men and women in the workplace, and an even greater one between those in leadership roles.

50 years later, we're moving closer to equality, but we're not there yet.

ATHENA united business women in our area to honor their achievements and support future leadership.

Reporter and anchor Lisa Adams was an appropriate host for the luncheon. Women from various business backgrounds networked and learned from each other's experiences.

One priority of the national ATHENA organization is to mentor the next generation of female leaders, and on Tuesday promising young college students joined the ranks of seasoned business women, with a nomination for the "Young Professional Award."

"It's very beneficial because they've been through it longer than I have," said award winner Amber Penna, a Senior at Mercyhurst University. "It's nice to get advice about what to do, what to take advantage of, and what their experiences have been like."

"Women in society today, we are the minority and its very important for us to come together to support each other," said award nominee Tabitha Bemis, a Senior at Edinboro University. 

Another big prize was this year's "ATHENA Award", and that went to Laurie Root, the Vice President of Investor Relations at the United Way of Erie County.

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