Hispanic Chamber CEO Brenna Butler Garcia to Receive ATHENA Award

IMG_427455    Elegant and graceful as she navigates a room filled with business men, her very presence is an inspiration to young professional women who happened to cross her path.
In recognition of her impact on future women business leaders, as well as her impact in the community, Brenna Butler Garcia, CEO of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SJCHCC), will receive the 2015 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award
“Winning this award is a true honor,” Butler Garcia said. “I am humbled to be recognized by my community as someone who is helping to advance this cause. Promoting the success of small, women-owned and diverse businesses here in San Joaquin County is truly crucial to the growth and prosperity of this region.”
The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce will present Butler Garcia with the award during a ceremony next month. The chamber will also recognize University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck with an ATHENA award.
Butler Garcia has carried the local Hispanic chamber to “new heights of success” and made a significant impact on Latino businesses throughout the region, the chamber stated in an announcement on its website.  “Since Brenna’s start as CEO of one of the oldest and most respected Hispanic Chambers in the State, she has expanded program capacity, increased membership and created community partnerships that provide substantial benefits to their members,” the announcement stated. “Brenna has also boosted funding streams to historical record-breaking levels.”
The greater chamber also added that in 2014 Butler Garcia implemented the Leaders’ Luncheon on Business to engage Hispanic and local business owners in civic service and politics within their local communities. She also oversees the Hispanic chamber’s yearly Latino Business Conference, which highlights speakers who have broken gender stereotypes to become successful, and speaks at local high schools, the chamber noted.
“Brenna is passionate about supporting women in business,” the chamber said. “Leading in a male-dominated industry, Brenna sought to inspire women to pursue their dreams in business.”
The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is an” international leadership award that actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential – creating balance in leadership worldwide.”
The 7th Annual ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award will be presented at the 29th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11:30 am at the Stockton Golf & Country Club, 3800 W. Country Club Blvd. Tickets are $40 per person (prepaid reservation only). “We are so excited for Brenna,” said Sylvester Aguilar, president of the SJCHCC board of directors. “Brenna is truly a leader that cares about our community.”
Established in 2007, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is given annually for professional excellence, community service and leadership skills. Chambers of commerce, women’s organizations and universities throughout the world present the award as local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA International, local businesses and local sponsors.
Past local recipients of the Young Professional Leadership Award include Nikki Lowery, Mimi Nguyen, Shelby Moran (Riley), Angela Rosenquist, Monica Streeter and Jennifer Torres Siders.
Butler Garcia said she was grateful for the support of the Hispanic chamber’s board and members. “I hope that by being the recipient of a Young ATHENA award, I can provide a pathway to inspiring young women in our chamber to forge their own paths in business and entrepreneurship.”

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