February 21, 2018

2018 ATHENA nominees announced

The Pikes Peak region has no shortage of remarkable women in business. They take corporations, governments, institutions and other organizations to new heights every day. But it’s those who take the time to inspire others to greatness, to surpass expectations and better the world that clear the path for talented and dynamic leaders to rise to the top.

That is why on April 5, the Chamber & EDC will host its annual ATHENA® Award luncheon to honor the challenges women often face in today’s marketplace and name one of the following women as the 2018 ATHENA® award recipient:

  • Cindy Aubrey, Pikes Peak United Way
  • Shelli Brunswick, The Space Foundation
  • Pat Ellis, Silver Key Senior Services
  • Nicola Sapp, El Paso County
  • Sasha Sweder, The Sweder Side of Posh
  • Jan Weiland, Colorado Wealth Solutions of Raymond James
  • Tina Wildes, Microchip Technology

Their titles are as diverse as the industries they represent but each nominee has one very important and unifying characteristic – they show other women the possibilities and the power they hold in their own hands to be a great leader.

“She’s a source of inspiration and truly understands the value and importance of having a mentor,” said one nominator, who was able to advance her career thanks to the support and positive leadership style of her boss.

Another nomination hails a colleague for leading with a servant’s heart, always looking to better those around her and the community.

The women and their stories of success will be presented at the April 5 luncheon along with keynote speakers, Emily Nunez Cavness and Betsy Nunez, co-founders of Sword and Plough, a veteran owned and socially conscious brand that recycles military surplus into stylish bag designs and accessories.

Learn more and reserve your spot at the April 5 luncheon.



Pam Shockley-Zalabak, interim chief executive officer for the U.S. Olympic Museum and 2003 ATHENA Award recipient, will serve as the emcee.

About Pam: Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Ph.D. is President of CommuniCon, Inc., an organizational and leadership development corporation. She is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs(UCCS) and the author of 9 books and over 100 other publications and productions. She is the founding member of the UCCS Communication Department and continued to teach and research throughout her tenure as Chancellor. As Chancellor, Dr. Shockley-Zalabak was responsible for guiding a 75% increase in students to over 12,500, was responsible for supporting new academic programs, and was part of an over $500,000,000 expansion in campus facilities. Dr. Shockley-Zalabak, as part of her consulting responsibilities, currently is the Interim CEO of the United States Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame which is under construction in Colorado Springs. She has two degrees from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder.