The ATHENA Award is an international award program that honors women who strive to serve as a mentor or role model for helping women reach their full leadership potential. ATHENA’s also demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business profession while providing valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community. Women of Accomplishment is a program created out of the DeKalb Chamber that recognizes retired women who continue to be a leader and mentor within the community and exemplify the traits of ATHENA.

ATHENA finalist nominations and letters of support are sent to other Chambers of Commerce within Illinois that have long-standing ATHENA programs to score and decide each year’s recipient. See below for past ATHENA recipients!

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Thank you to our Award Sponsor DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet, Buick, GMC for continuing to support the women in our community.

2022 Finalists

ATHENA Award Finalists

Mary Lynn Buckner – DeKalb School District 428

Cindy Green-Deutsch - Old National Bank

Sarah Massier Newby – Oral & Maxillo Facial Surgeons for Northern Illinois

Linh Nguyen – NIU Chemistry Department

Dr. Alicia Schatteman – NIU Center for Nonprofit & NGO Studies

Women of Accomplishment Honorees

Jane Hapeman – Retired from KishHealth System

Julia Lamb – Retired from NIU

Congratulations 2022 ATHENA Recipient!


Cindy Green-Deutsch

Banking Center Manger/Assistant Vice President for Old National Bank

Meet Cindy

2022 Celebration and Media Sponsors


Celebrating 33 Years!

View past ATHENA Award recipients below.