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KC Chamber Honors Two Exemplary Kansas City Women

Adele Hall. Anita Gorman. Mamie Hughes. Julia Irene Kauffman. Dianne Cleaver. Former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

Those are just a few of the women on the list of past ATHENA Leadership Award winners. This year, Debby Ballard of Sprint will join that outstanding group, as she receives the 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award. Chandra Clark of Big Brothers Big Sisters has been selected for the ATHENA Young Professionals Leadership Award.
The two women will be honored at a special reception September 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Municipal Auditorium’s Little Theatre.

The award is named after the Greek goddess Athena, goddess of intelligence, wisdom, arts and sciences, and recognizes not only exemplary leadership and service, but also honors an individual who has actively assisted in opening pathways for others.
“The annual ATHENA Awards are one of the ways the KC Chamber is living out its commitment to promoting and supporting women in our community,” says Joe Reardon, President & CEO of the KC Chamber. “Our hope is these awards – and their recipients – inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. Our congratulations to both Debby and Chandra.”

About Debby Ballard, Sprint, ATHENA Leadership Award recipient
Debby Ballard is Director of Sprint Community Affairs and President of the Sprint Foundation. She is responsible for local and national community-outreach programs, employee engagement, employee-giving campaigns, and charitable and corporate giving.  She’s been with Sprint for 31 years.

Ballard currently serves on several non-profit boards, including The Central Exchange (2016 Board Chair), The KC Rep, Francis Family Foundation, UMKC Trustee, Truman Foundation Board and The Wireless Foundation. She is the immediate past chair of the Friends of the Zoo Board, past chair of the Friends of Alvin Ailey Board and past president of The Jackson County Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

She received the YWCA Heart of Gold award, Kansas City Humanitarian Award and is one of The Kansas City Globe's 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Greater Kansas City.

About Chandra Clark, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, ATHENA Young Professionals Award recipient
Chandra Clark is the Manager of External Partnerships for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Her previous professional experience includes serving as Career and Alumni Coordinator for Kauffman Scholars, Director of the Life Coach Program for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Community Relations Coordinator for Newhouse Shelter and Founder and President of M.O.D.E. L.

Chandra earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master's degree in Educational Studies from Rockhurst University. She was recently honored as one of the 2015 Most Influential Women in Kansas City Business. Chandra is passionate about youth, education and enriching the community of Kansas City. She currently serves as a member of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Arts & Sciences Alumni Board, Truman Charitable Foundation’s Young Professionals Council, Young Friends of Art, Southwest Family Health Care Clinic’s Advisory Committee and the Central Exchange. In addition, she is a fashion model and actress with Moxie Talent Agency.

ATHENA Leadership Awards Reception
Thursday, September 29, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (program at 5:30)
Municipal Auditorium – Little Theatre
301 West 13th Street, KCMO