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Lamberson, McLaughlin Honored At Flagstaff’s 35th Annual ATHENA Awards

The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce hosted the 35th annual ATHENA Awards this past Friday at the High Country Conference Center.  The ATHENA Awards are given to Flagstaff businesswomen who have made an impact on the community and achieved excellence in their field. A total of three awards are given to private sector, public sector or nonprofit organizations and a young businesswoman, called the young professional’s ATHENA Award. Lisa Lamberson of Mountain Sports Flagstaff won the private ATHENA award, Devonna McLaughlin of Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona won the non-profit ATHENA and Kate Wyatt of Flagstaff Medical Center was awarded the young professional’s ATHENA Award. This year’s keynote speakers were Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs and former state health director Dr. Kara Christ, who is now the Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Ted Geisler, President of APS, interviewed Hobbs during the awards luncheon. Hobbs told the gathering, “I want to say what an honor it is to share this stage with so many amazing women who are leaders here in the Flagstaff community.”  She added, “I know what a big deal the ATHENA awards [are], so thank you for letting me crash.”  The Grand Canyon Railway was also awarded the Flagstaff Green Business Award for putting effort into reducing negative environmental impacts in their daily operations.