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GLOBAL ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT, DR. MULU MULETA, FEATURED IN NEWSWEEL

The Afterbirth Miracle; By Rob Verger/ October 11, 2014

 

"It's late June, but it's chilly in Asella, Ethiopia-the city is higher in altitude than Denver-and the patients in the hospital are wrapped in blankets. Dr. Mulu Muleta puts on a white doctor's jacket and starts making her rounds. She checks in with each woman, holding the patient's hands, or touching her shoulders, as they speak.

One patient, Hawa, wears a bright purple and white gown. She's 33 years old. When she was 16, she lost her first baby and developed an obstetric fistula, a condition sometimes caused by a very prolonged labor, when the baby's head presses on the nearby tissue, causing it to lose its blood flow and die. That can create a fistula-it's the Greek word for hole-between the vagina and the bladder or rectum; the urine or feces (or both, in the case of a double fistula) then trickles out through the vagina.

Perhaps the most heartbreaking thing about fistulas is that they are preventable. In countries with widespread quality health care, fistulas can usually be averted through medical interventions such as cesarean sections. As Kate Grant, CEO of theFistula Foundation, puts it, "Fistula's really just a symptom of other things. It's poverty, and it's the way poverty tends to be even a more profound and destructive condition for women, and particularly women in labor."

Dr. Mulu Muleta talks with patient

Continue reading Hawa's story here

AN UNFLAPPABLE SURGEON

Muleta was born at home in a village called Abebe, about 60 miles west of Addis Ababa, in 1961. She was one of seven kids, the daughter of a hardworking farmer and landowner. He valued education and paid for his children-and some other kids from the village-to go to school, even if Muleta sometimes went without shoes.

This was during the time of "the Derg," the military and Communist regime that governed Ethiopia from 1974 to 1987. They demanded her father's land. He refused. "He was shot, and he was killed in his house," she recalls, "because they said he is owning land, and the land should be for the poor. They came and they just killed him. That was it. It was not only that, they took all the resources we have." She was just a teenager.

Not long after that, her mother was in a car accident. She remembers that her mom was still dressed in black at the time, in mourning for her husband's death. The nurses cared for her mother at the hospital-she eventually made a full recovery-and Muleta helped out, too. "I was really impressed by that," she says. She imagined she might become a nurse, to help others. Thanks to the encouragement of a high school teacher, she enrolled in medical school. She graduated in 1984, and after two years of required service in rural areas, she began her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa. She, along with one other woman, became the first female Ethiopian-trained ob-gyn in the country.

While there, she rotated through Addis Ababa's Hamlin Fistula Hospital-perhaps the most famous fistula hospital in the world, having been featured in the short film "A Walk to Beautiful" and celebrated by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times. After her residency, she began working at Hamlin, where she trained with Dr. Catherine Hamlin, who, along with her husband, founded the hospital.

It's common for talented doctors in developing countries to leave, but Muleta never seems to have considered it. She is "literally one of the best fistula surgeons in world, and she could go many other places," says Grant, of the Fistula Foundation(which supports an organization, Women and Health Alliance International, that employs Muleta as one of their surgeons). But, Grant adds, "she's chosen to stay because of her commitment to her own population.""

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO THE FOLLOWING ATHENA AWARD PROGRAM HOST ORGANIZATIONS

CABLE, NASHVILLE, TN

March 26, 2015

"From its beginning, the Nashville ATHENA Award Program has been and continues to be a unique community-supported program, organized and sponsored through the collaborative efforts of local women's organizations in partnership with local businesses and individual sponsors, unlike other cities which rely upon their local Chamber of Commerce...

From its inception in 1990 to 2008, the Nashville ATHENA Award Program had its presentation at the foot of Athena Parthenos and on the grounds of Centennial Park in front of the Parthenon. We are elated to return to the foot of Athena Parthenon for the celebration of the 25thAnniversary in 2015. Our ties to the Parthenon Conservancy and Athena Parthenos have remained strong. Athena Parthenos, a monumental statue sculpted over a 10-year period by Nashville artist Alan LeQuire, depicts Athena, the Greek goddess. The first child of Zeus, the goddess was equipped with spear and shield to fight for the enlightenment of ordinary souls and endowed with courage, valor, strength, and reason. A patron of the arts, she was charged to bring wisdom, harmony, and beauty to the world.

As the Nashville ATHENA Award Program celebrates its 25thAnniversary, Athena's spirit lives on in those individuals who use their vision and persistence to excel while reaching out and opening the way for others. Women from across Nashville and Middle Tennessee will be nominated this year for special recognition as the embodiment of Athena's spirit. While each will exemplify leadership, superior performance, commitment to community, and unselfish assistance to women and women's issues, only one will join past recipients as Nashville's 2015 ATHENA Award recipient."CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


GREAT FALLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GREAT FALLS, MT

March 12, 2015
ATHENA International wants to congratulate the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce on the 30th Anniversary of their ATHENA Award Program! The Great Falls Chamber of Commerce has recognized extraordinary women leaders for thirty years; women whose lives are characterized by commitment to their profession, their community and to the enhancement of life for other people. Your ATHENA Leadership recipients embody the attributes of the ATHENA Leadership Model, which affirms women's unique ways of know and leading. Thirty years of recognizing and honoring women leaders in your community is an outstanding achievement and one that ATHENA International is proud to recognize. For more information on their upcoming eventclick here.

 

THE ATHENA LEADERSHIP MODEL: CHANGING LIVES INSIDE PRISON WALLS

WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM RUNNING A BOOK CLUB AT A WOMEN'S PRISON
By: Sara Dobie Bauer

"How books sent me to prison and changed my life
Is Jennifer Weiner an ex-drug addict? Because I bet she is. No one else could understand in such detail what it's like to be addicted. She's definitely an ex-drug addict, right?"

These were the first words shouted at book club that night, and me, being the one in charge, leaned toward the negative: "No, I don't think so." After all, I had interviewed Jennifer about the book in question, All Fall Down, and there's nothing in her CV that says "ex-drug addict." This is book club in prison.

No, I'm not an inmate; I'm a volunteer at a prison outside Phoenix, Arizona. Desert sunsets are marred by razor wire. Inmates wear ugly shades of orange. We meet in the cafeteria, where the tables and chairs are too heavy to lift and use as weapons.

Nonprofit organizationGina's Teamsends me to prison once a month, and it only took a year of hounding by co-founder Sue Ellen Allen to get me there. Why a year?

Let's be honest: Nobody wants to go to prison. We've spent too much time watching Orange Is the New Black. When we think of prison, we picture angry lesbians with knives made of toothbrushes. We picture vengeance and bitterness and a possible obituary with our names on it.

I finally gave in after many months of prodding, and yes, I was terrified my first time at book club, what with all the gates and locks and metal detectors. There was no escape, not even for volunteers. Then I met the women in orange, and all my stereotypes crumbled.

The women I work with at prison are not monsters. They're not the dregs of society. They are wives and mothers and grandmothers who made one wrong turn, one bad mistake. They serve their time with grace, and I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "Prison saved me. If I hadn't ended up here, I would have ended up dead."CONTINUE READING

 

EAST PARKER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN WILLOW PARK, TX PRESENTS INAUGURAL ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD


The East Parker County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards banquet Friday night at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford, presenting the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award to Lyn Walsh, of Careity Foundation.
Care
ity Foundation is dedicated to providing on site services for cancer patients in an oncology setting for economically challenged cancer patients, as well as early cancer detection in North Texas. The pediatric palliative care program is directed at providing relief to children with devastating diseases and life threatening illnesses at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.Since its inception, Careity Foundation has set the platinum standard in the nonprofit community to help with care management and financial aid.
"I am so proud to have received the ATHENA Leadership Award Friday night from the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce. Thank you Charlie Gilchrist SouthWest Auto Group for sponsoring this award. Great night for Careity Foundation."

 

ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD CELEBRATIONS

OWENSBORO, KY

"Girls Incorporated hosted its 17th annual ATHENA Leadership Award luncheon.

Kelly Paul, the wife of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was this afternoon's guest speaker. "It's very important that the girls see women who, professionally, have achieved, like Mrs. Paul. We don't want to concentrate on the fact that she's the wife of a Senator, but her, individually, has been very successful," said Sure Napper. This year's ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient was Deborah Fillman, the Public Health Director of the Green River District Health Department."

 

 

CHAMPAIGN, IL

"Amy Randolph, this year's ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient, measures her own success largely by how well she helps others succeed.

Randolph, executive vice president and chief brand officer at First Busey Corp., said she was shocked to learn she would receive the award.

"For myself, my goal is to make a difference, not to win awards," she said. "But I'm grateful people think that about me - that means the most."CONTINUE READING

 

LONG ISLAND, NY

"Martha Stark, group director and senior vice president, Signature Bank, and Laura Palacios, group director, Vice President Investments, Signature Securities, have been recognized for outstanding leadership with the ATHENA Leadership and Young Professional Leadership awards, respectively... Held January 8, 2015, at the Oheka Castle and hosted by the Long Island Athena Selection Committee, the event's participating sponsors included 1-800flowers.com, Adecco Group North America, Estee Lauder Companies, Farrell Fritz, The First National Bank of Long Island, Henry Schein, Long Island Development Corporation, North Shore LIJ Health System, and KPMG LLP."FULL PRESS RELEASE

 

 

HILO, HI

"Realtor Mary Begier named2014 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient.

Mary Begier receives the 2014 ATHENA Leadership Award from Barry Taniguchi, KTA Super Stores and Roberta Chu, Bank of Hawaii Monday afternoon during the the Hawaii Island Chamber of CommerceճBank of Hawaii & KTA Super Stores ATHENA Award luncheon at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center in the Moanahoku Hall."VIEW MORE PICTURES HERE


FLAGSTAFF, AZ

"A common thread of serving others ties together this year's ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipients.

Ann Roggenbuck, the CEO and president of North Country Healthcare, is this year's ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient (pictured on the left), and Paula Monthofer, Realtor of West USA Flagstaff, was named the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipient (pictured on the right)."READ FULL ARTICLE

 

 

BECOME AN ATHENA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDING LIFETIME MEMBER

We're excited to announce that our ATHENA Membership website is up and running! The site is still under construction while we work to develop and enhance it, but we wanted to make it available to all our constituents. We welcome you to join as a member and experience the benefits of our site!

As a supporter for ATHENA International, you are very familiar with ATHENA and the incredible programs that are offered each year in cities around the country. You will be pleased to know:

  • The ATHENA Award Programs continue to grow in new cities each year
  • Growth in ATHENAPowerLink®, the new ATHENA Leadership Day Luncheon, ATHENA Connections and ATHENA Leadership Forums will help us expand globally and fulfill our mission

As we launch our new ATHENA Membership Program and website, we would like to invite you to join us in becoming an ATHENA International Founding Lifetime Member.

  • One time investment of $1,000 provides membership with 100 Founding Lifetime Members (membership will close at 100)
  • The 100 Founding Lifetime Members will be permanently displayed on the ATHENA International website and annual publications.

Join us byREGISTERING ONLINEtoday and become part of this Founding Lifetime Member Group!

 

 

 

ATHENA Award

Celebrations

 

MARCH

3/5/2015 Okemos, MI

3/5/2015 Shamokin Dam, PA

3/6/2015 Bel Air, MD

3/7/2015 Glenwood Springs, CO

3/9/2015 Marion, OH

3/10/2015 Madison, WI

3/12/2015 Rock Island, IL

3/12/2015Great Falls, MT ~ 30th Anniversary Celebration

3/13/2015 Fayetteville, NC

3/13/2015 York, PA

3/19/2015 Canton, OH

3/26/2015 Gastonia, NC

3/26/2015 Bay City, MI

3/26/2015Nashville, TN ~ 25th Anniversary celebration

3/30/2015 Anchorage, AK

 

APRIL

4/9/2015Columbia, MO

4/9/2015 Chambersburg, PA

4/14/2015 Denver, CO

4/21/2015 Reading, PA

4/22/2015Windsor, ON ~ 20th Anniversary Celebration

4/28/2015 Colorado Springs, CO

4/29/2015 Mountain View, CA

4/29/2015 Traverse City, MI

4/30/2015 Alma, MI

4/30/2015 Rutherford, TN

 

For event details,click here.

 

ATHENA International

Board of Directors

 

Jan Maddox

Chair

Judith Lancaster

Vice-Chair

 

Christine Brown

Vice-Chair

Colleen Moore Mezler

Secretary

 

Carla Carstens

Treasurer

 

Martha Mertz

Founder

 

Ann-Marie Athavale

Director

 

Angie Boyd Chambers

Director


Andrea Stevenson Connor

Director

 

KL Robertson Daly

Director

 

Bridget Glavaz

Director

 

Janet Green

Director

 

Ruth E. Johnson

Director

 

Mary Ann Jones

Director

 

Karen Keene

Director

 

Marlene Kowalski-Braun

Director

 

Mary MacLaren

Director

 

Jan Davies McDermott

Director

 

Michelle Mertz

Director

 

Michelle Michaels

Director

 

Carla R. Michelotti

Director Emeritus

 

Norma Rist

Past Chair

Director Emeritus

 

Ellen Ruddock

Past Chair

Director Emeritus

 

Debra Adams Simmons

Past Chair

Director Emeritus

 

Chuck Spadafora

Director

 

Linda Stevenson

Director

 

Mona M. Stone

Director

 

ATHENA International Mission

Supporting, developing and honoring women leaders.

Inspiring women to achieve their full potential.

Creating balance in leadership worldwide.

 

NEW ATHENA INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE

ATHENA International has a wide variety of merchandise including pins, books, crystal pieces and votive holders. We are excited to add these beautiful note cards, which feature art by Barbara Hranilovich. The back displays the ATHENA Leadership Model. This is the perfect gift for your ATHENA Nominees, Recipients, Committee members or special ladies in your life. Note cards are 4.25x5.5 and each pack comes with 10 note cards and 10 plain white envelopes.

Click hereto view our complete list of merchandise items and place your order today!

 

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