ATHENA Leadership Symposium (Breakfast)

ATHENA Leadership Symposium (Breakfast)
. Please Note --> This is a Past Event!! .

Date: 11/28/2012
Time: 8:30 AM TO 10:00 AM

Poinsett Club
807 E Washington St
Greenville, SC 29601


Event Description: ATHENA Leadership Symposium for WebLink

NOTE: We are sold out for this event and as a result we have pulled online registrations.

ATHENA Leadership Symposium, Advancing Women’s Leadership and Corporate Board Service

A Chamber Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Leadership diversity is critical to the achievement of the Chamber’s vision of Greenville becoming the premier business community in the world. The Greenville Chamber actively supports talented women and minorities in our community in achieving leadership positions in greater numbers. Through the Chamber’s association with ATHENA International since 2001, the Chamber has recognized and honored women in leadership with the ATHENA Leadership Award®. This prestigious award is presented at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting to women who have made significant contributions to Greenville in promoting community prosperity and quality of life. The ATHENA Leadership Symposium, a unique women’s leadership program inspired by recipients of the ATHENA Leadership Award® and offered as part of the Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative, will be launched in November 2012. The ATHENA Leadership Symposium will be one of multiple opportunities the Chamber will present to advance leadership diversity within underrepresented populations.

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

Location: Poinsett Club

Projected Attendance: 100-150

Theme: Advancing Women’s Leadership and Corporate Board Service.

Featuring: Keynote Speaker Sharon Decker, CEO
of the Tapestry Group LLC and Comments from Minor Shaw, President of Micco Corporation


  • Launch a local movement to advocate for corporate board service and senior leadership positions
  • Inspire and empower strong women leaders
  • Educate influencers who can sponsor and help women leaders to achieve corporate board service and higher levels of organizational leadership
  • Position Chamber as a resource for organizations looking to fill corporate, public, private, political and nonprofit board positions and a strong advocate for diverse leadership

Contact: Nika White, 864-239-3727 or

Speaker Bio – Sharon Decker

sharonphotos003tifAfter graduating summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Sharon Decker began a successful professional career, working seventeen years for Duke Energy, serving both as the first female vice president and, in her last position, as Chief Communications Officer. Sharon was president of Tanner Companies and the founding CEO and President of The Lynnwood Foundation. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Tapestry Group LLC. Sharon currently serves as a board member for several non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. She has been a director of Family Dollar Stores Inc. since 1999 where she serves on the Leadership Development and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. She has been a Director of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Inc. since May 2001, and she serves on the Audit Committee and Employee Benefits Committee. She has been an Independent Director of SCANA Corporation since December 2005 where she serves on the Nuclear Oversight Committee and Human Resource Committee. She serves as Chief Executive Officer of North Washington Street Properties, Rutherfordton, N.C., a Director of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. , and a Director of the Public Service Company of North Carolina Inc. (alternate name PSNC Energy), a subsidiary SCANA Corporation. She serves as a Director of Herschend Family Entertainment Group and Sona International. She served as an Executive Director of The Duke Power Foundation. Sharon chaired the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and she was named Charlotte Woman of the Year. Sharon and her husband Bob have been married 32 years and are the parents of four children. The Decker family makes their home just south of Asheville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Rutherfordton, NC.

Athens Leadership Symposium Table Sponsors:
Bank of Travelers Rest
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Duke Energy
Fluor Corporation
Furman Connections
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, Inc.
Greenville Business Magazine
Greenville Technical College
Haynsworth, Sinkler, Boyd, P.A.
League Manufacturing
Micco Corporation, LLC
Peace Center for the Performing Arts
Piedmont Natural Gas
Presbyterian College
The Blood Connection, Inc.
The Idea Group
USC Upstate

For sponsorship information, click here

 ATHENA Leadership Symposium for WebLink
ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders.  For more information please go to or call 312.580.0111.





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