Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Congrats to our Athena Winners!

Every year, the Chamber's Women's Business Council honors two extraordinary women for their commitment to the Lehigh Valley.  The women are honored at our annual Athena Awards, and we have selected this year's winners - congrats to Rosalin Petrucci of J.G. Petrucci, winner of the 2011 Athena award, and Julie Knight of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Winner of the 2011 Athena Young Professional Award.

Check out the press release below for more info, and congrats again to the two deserving women!

Lehigh Valley, PA – August 8, 2011 – On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, the Women’s Business Council (WBC) of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce will honor two women of the Greater Lehigh Valley at the ATHENA Awards Luncheon at Saucon Valley Country Club in Lower Saucon Township.

The ATHENA Award Program celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. The award honors individuals who strive toward the highest level of professional accomplishment by excelling in their field, devoting time and energy to the community, and forging paths for others to follow.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award honors an emerging leader in her business or profession who gives back to the community and serves as a role model for other young women, both professionally and personally.

The ATHENA Award was first presented in 1982 by the Chamber of Commerce in Lansing, Michigan.  The award is named for ATHENA, the goddess of Greek mythology, who represents the virtues of courage and wisdom.  It was developed as an award to honor the accomplishments of women and those promoting women.

The 2011 ATHENA Award recipient is Rosalin Petrucci of J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc.  With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Rosalin Petrucci is an accomplished real estate entrepreneur. She currently serves as director of JGPCO's educational initiative. In the latter capacity, Rosalin has guided several build-to-suit projects for educational facilities from site selection through final completion. Her portfolio includes the award winning Arc of Union County Kohler School in Mountainside, New Jersey.

Rosalin’s professional experience includes roles as manager and marketing director for various real estate and development office, zoning board chairperson and instructor on fair housing and diversity training policies.  Rosalin has been the recipient of various awards in her field including recognition by the Women's Fund of New Jersey as one of twenty-three top women of real estate.  In addition, Rosalin maintains strong relationships with economic development professionals in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania and contacts on all levels of government. She also supports various charities and dedicates her time to numerous organizations.  Rosalin manages Crossing Borders, which annually honors women of superior achievement in real estate and economic development in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.   The proceeds from the event are distributed to Displaced Homemakers Network of New Jersey and New Choices/New Options of Pennsylvania. Both agencies are designed to enhance the employability and income of single parents and displaced homemakers.

Rosalin is currently a member of the national CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network, ICREW New Jersey and CoreNet Global, as well as being one of the founding members of CREW Lehigh Valley (PA) and Immediate Past President of the Economic Development Association of NJ (EDANJ).

The 2011 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient:  a Lehigh Valley native, Julie Knight is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.  Julie has over 10 years of client-facing experience in the finance and logistics industries.  She spent 7 years overseas where she worked with Deutsche Bank and Daimler AG in Germany helping with the transition of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act.  She has taught five semesters as an Adjunct Professor, most recently at Penn State Lehigh Valley.  Her MBA in strategy and economics is from the Melbourne Business School in Australia.

As a humanitarian, Julie raised $13,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during her 2011 campaign to capture the title of Lehigh Valley’s Woman of the Year.  She has been an active board member with the Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce since 2007 and the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals since 2010.  She has also volunteered to help high school students understand budgeting and career issues at Wilson and Nazareth High Schools through the Pathways Program and in coordination with the Workforce Investment Board.

Julie began fostering relationships with other women through team sports.  She played soccer, tennis, basketball, and softball then transitioned to yoga after a knee injury in 1998.  She has developed a strong weekly yoga practice and has taken over 400 hours of teacher training.  Her teaching of yoga started at the Program for Women & Families in Allentown and continues at the Yoga Loft of Bethlehem.  She was President of the Women & Business Club during her MBA and has facilitated numerous seminars for the GLVCC’s Women’s Business Council’s Annual Summit.  She is also a member of the United Way’s Women Leadership Initiative.

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