About the ATHENA Leadership Award
The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a person from our community who:
Has demonstrated excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession.
Provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
- Actively assists women in realizing their full leadership potential.
The ATHENA Leadership Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom, and enlightenment – qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model. The Award is unique both in scope – local, national and international – and the ATHENA mission upon which it is based.
Our 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient
On Thursday, February 20th, 2020, we will be honoring Sandi Hendry
, founder of Minky Couture
, as our next Athena recipient at the annual ATHENA Award Luncheon.
Determined, creative, passionate, courageous, and a heart of gold. These are words that describe Sandi Hendry, owner of Minky Couture
Born in 1955, Sandi grew up in Orem, Utah where her parents owned the local newspaper. She loved the business world from an early age and dreamed of creating a business that made a difference in the world.
In 1977, Sandi graduated from BYU with a degree in Elementary Education and went on to teach 5th and 6th grade for 30 years. Her classroom experience taught her patience, urgency, accuracy, negotiating skills, and love of people. Everything needed in the business world.
A personal hardship in 2009 changed Sandi’s life and set her on a path from devastation to fulling her dream. From this, Minky Couture
was born. The challenge of taking an everyday product from ordinary to spectacular had many roadblocks to push through. In 2010, Sandi sought the advice of several business professionals, including university business department leaders and her own accountant. All advised that this dream was impossible and to quit before she lost all her investment money.
Thinking outside the box, she knew it could be done and would not quit. Utilizing local seamstresses to create customized blankets, from exclusive, luxury minky fabrics, set Minky Couture
apart from competitors. With some creative marketing, the dream was put in motion.
Sandi believes in surrounding herself with loyal, honest, creative and dedicated employees to accomplish her mission to “Blanket the World in Minky Couture” luxury. This along with giving back to the community are key to Minky’s success.
The ATHENA Leadership Award Program makes good marketing sense. Your participation sends a clear message that your business is dedicated to improving the quality of your community by identifying and honoring its leaders—both women and men.
ATHENA recipients have exceptional characteristics. Your participation associates you with excellence. Your organization benefits through:
- Improving visibility through sponsorship.
- Building relationships with prominent members of your community.
- Creating a partnership that connects your organization with a prestigious women’s leadership program.
- Earning credibility with women by honoring dynamic leaders.
- Receiving recognition for your organization and community in ATHENA publications.
- Increasing membership and contributions as the word spreads that you support women’s initiatives.
To sponsor this event, click on REGISTER NOW above and choose the sponsorship level you would like. If you have any questions please contact us at 801-593-2200.
Past ATHENA Recipients:
Ginger Chinn, Utah Inland Port Authority • Sheryl Cox, America First Credit Union • Chantel Chase, Zions Bancorporation • Becky Anderson. Executive Director Anything for a Friend • Julie Fisher, Logistics Specialties • Susan Johnson, Former CEO Futura Industries • Captain Jen Daley, Former Davis County Sheriff Department • Shelly Nettesheim, Davis Hospital and Medical Center • Shirley Bouwhuis, Retired Logistic Specialties Inc. • Louenda Downs, Former Davis County Commissioner • Jean Madsen, Former Elementary School Teacher Davis County • Diane Townsend, Davis Hospital and Medical Center • Fran Brown, Hometown Media • Carolyn Sharp, Former Manager Wells Fargo Bank • Victoria Weiss, Founded and operated two woman-owned businesses • Jewel Lee Kenley, Ed Kenley Ford Dealership • Lydia Stevenson, Career & Technical Training Director Clearfield Job Corp • Franciska Meacham, Former Executive Director of the Davis Applied Technology College • Nicholle Roberson, Regional VP of Airbourne International • Brenda Jorgenson, Owner Westgate Travel • Sylvia LeMons-Liddle, Former Chief of Community Relations for the Ogden Air Logistics Center
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Event sponsor: America First Credit Union
Platinum sponsor: Chevron