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Emmo, Flowers win 2013 ATHENA Awards

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Adriene Emmo, Owner Emmo Consulting/Semi-retired Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Specialist Geneva has been named the 2013 ATHENA Geneva Recipient. Katie Flowers, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Services Learning, Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been named the 2013 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Recipient.The prestigious ATHENA award is given annually to women in communities around the United States to recognize leaders who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. A dinner to recognize the three ATHENA Award nominees (Kathleen Crelot -President/CEO, Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union; Adriene Emmo – Owner, Emmo Consulting/ Semi-retired Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Specialist; Barbara Pierce-Morrow – Executive Director, Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc.) and four ATHENA Young Professional Award nominees (Tiffany Collinsworth -On Air Personality/Promotion Director, Finger Lakes Radio Group/ Anchor, Fingerlakes1.com; Kathleen Flowers – Director, Center for Community Engagement and Services Learning,Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Abigail Linsner – Accounting Supervisor, Wayne County Department of Social Services; Tara Rago – AVP/Geneva Branch Manager, Lyons National Bank) was held on September 12th at Ventosa Vineyards.For many years, Adriene has provided her expertise in bankruptcy and business reorganization to national and international firms of renown through her professional affiliation with the Kate Logan Company. A sought-after expert in administration of the proceedings associated with Chapter 11 filings, Adriene became mentor and guide to most new professional associates in the firm. Although officially retired, Adriene is still called upon by her firm to consult on cases where her specialized knowledge is required.Adriene has projected the same professionalism and expertise into her volunteerism.Adriene’s personal role in the establishment of the Women’s Institute of Leadership and Learning is a perfect way to highlight her dedication to the advancement of young women. A critical part of the mission of that organization which Adriene helped formulate, it is the education and empowerment of young women that is the focus of Adriene’s continued work. The guest speakers, educational programming, and website which Adriene has been instrumental in developing are just some of the vehicles through which Adriene is encouraging young women to challenge the status-quo. Her strong intellect, considerate nature and endless energy are a source of inspirations to others who learn from her that activism is less about demanding change and more about making it happen. She has left a permanent imprint on our community.Her leadership-by-example is living proof that one individual can indeed make a difference. She is a founding member of the local chapter of the National Organization of women; she is an active Board member for the Women’s Interfaith Institute and a founding member of the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning, an organization that sponsors “The Seneca Falls Dialogues,” a biennial event that continues the discussion on women’s and human rights began by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848. Adriene’s work encourages women to learn not only the challenges faced by women across the globe, but to actually do something about it.Adriene was honored as Woman of the Year by the Seneca County Women’s Coalition in 2011. She was also recognized with a legislative resolution introduced in the New York State Senate by Michael F. Nozzolio. In 2009, Senator Nozzolio honored Adriene with the New York State Liberty Award for her outstanding service to her community, one of the highest awards given by the State Senate. Adriene was nominated by Diana Smith, Former Mayor of Seneca Falls.Katie Flowers’ career is centered on growing and influencing the service-learning movement. Service-learning integrates community service with instruction and reflection to enhance the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, encourage long-term civic engagement, and strengthen communities. As Director of Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ (HWS’) Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Katie leads students and community partners in creating sustained, engaged relationships that promote positive community change and enhanced learning.Katie is a leader that inspires young women through her actions. She dives in and gets her hands dirty. She coaches students based on their personal journey. She assesses a situation, determines what needs to be done, and then works to connect people and resources to get the issue solved or the job done.Over her nine years with the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, Katie has demonstrated leadership by mentoring hundreds of young women through a wide variety of civic engagement initiatives. Her biggest joy is watching the transformation that occurs when a William Smith student, who has been involved with community service over four years, realize she has gained the skills necessary to be successful in her chosen career path. Katie’s professional life centers on leading and guiding others through service learning initiatives. She devotes many personal hours “walking the talk” by helping community organizations thrive. Some of the organizations that have benefited from Katie’s time and talent include: The Wyckoff Family Foundation; Finger Lakes Health, Community Advisory Committee; Geneva Community Projects; Success for Geneva’s Children; Geneva Reads; Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes.This year marked the ninth ATHENA Award given in Geneva. The first eight recipients are Nancee Scott, retired Vice President of Retail Sales, Seneca Falls Savings Bank; Dr. Jane McCaffrey, Finger Lakes Medical Associates; Lucile Mallard, Finger Lakes Misdemeanor Drug Court Resource Coordinator; Lara Turbide, Vice President of Community Services at Finger Lakes Health; Mary Boatfield, Chief Executive Officer of Happiness House; Dr. Margaret P. Kennedy, Child and Adolescent licensed Psychologist; Arlene Francis, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva; and, Kelly Mittiga, Senior Vice President, Director of Deposit and Retail Operations, First Niagara Bank. Also recognized last night was Patty Pierson, the 2013 ATHENA ACE scholarship recipient.For more information please contact the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-789-1776.

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