Meet the 2020 ATHENA Young Professional Finalists!

We’re excited to give you the opportunity to get to know our 2020 ATHENA Young Professional Finalists! Women’s Network recognizes three individuals each year for their exemplary work in their profession, their devotion of time and energy to their community, and for serving as a role model for women. We will be revealing the 2020 recipient at our ATHENA International Awards Banquet later this year, where we will also honor these amazing leaders in our community.

Sarah Hill
CEO / Chief Storyteller, StoryUP Inc

Sarah’s supporters describe her as an incredibly empowering and motivational boss, whose genuine care for others is shown clearly from her creation of “Honor Everywhere.” Her passion and ability to inspire others has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives, and she continues to be a source of support and mentorship for others. To quote her nominators, “With a constant smile and an infectious enthusiasm, Sarah is bringing Silicon Valley to the Midwest, and doing so with a humble attitude and giving back to the needy.”

Jason Gruender
Professional Engineer, Licensed Insurance Agent, Entrepreneur; Liberty Family Medicine, Liberty Insurance Solutions, Meyer Electric

Jason’s supporters speak about him being genuine, passionate and well-rounded, and express his willingness to help women succeed both professionally and personally. They detail his promotion of female-run businesses through mentorship of women, professional leadership and community service. To quote his nominator, “One of the many reasons that he is so involved is that he wants to ensure a healthy and thriving community for his daughter both now and in the future when she, as her mother, may consider a role as a female entrepreneur.” We look forward to showcasing more about Jason in the upcoming months!

Tennille Lester
Regional Retail Manager, Simmons Bank

Tennille’s nominator said “If I had to describe her in three words, they would be joyous, selfless and driven.” When people speak of Tennille, they mention her positivity, her enthusiasm and her drive for excellence. She is an effective manager, mentor and coach to many young professionals at her work and in our community. She empowers and teaches others about leadership through the Emerging Stars program, which she helped to develop and implement. We’re excited to share more with you about Tennille over the next few months!

We will unveil the recipient of the 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award, the 2020 ATHENA Young Professional Award and honor these deserving professionals at the ATHENA International Awards Banquet on later this year. More information regarding the ATHENA International Awards Banquet will be released when available.

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