34th Annual Women's Division Athena Award Luncheon
Come celebrate the presentation of the prestigious Athena Award! On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Division, we would like to invite you help us recognize women who excel in their professional careers, leadership, and community service.
The special keynote speaker will be the Honorable Delia Garcia, Kansas Secretary of Labor.
Secretary Garcia serves as the current Cabinet Secretary for the Kansas Department of Labor, confirmed by the Senate in May 2019. She returned to Kansas after serving eight years in Washington. In 2004, she was elected to the House of Representatives where she served six years on the Commerce and Labor Committees. Secretary Garcia made history by becoming the first Latina and the youngest female to serve in the Kansas Legislature in 2004. She is utilizing her business policy, national management and advocacy expertise to serve hard-working Kansans and their families.
At the national level, Secretary Garcia was elected to serve on the National Association of State Workforce (NASWA) Board of Directors for Region VII and Co-Chair of the UI Committee. She has been recognized for her leadership by the Women’s Foundation Changemaker Profile and the Journal: Inspiration for Civic Leadership in Kansas. There is a permanent exhibition in the State of Kansas Historical Society Museum as the first Latina elected to the Legislature.
She was born and raised in Wichita, KS with her four sisters. She is the proud aunt of five nieces and nephews who also reside in Wichita and the rest of her family in the Garden City, KS and Texas
Join us, then, in recognizing the amazing local women who are undertaking the mission of the Women's Division: to empower women in professional roles through programs that will mentor and advance leadership and growth opportunities through education and networking.
Download the Athena Award Nomination Form HERE!!!