This article first appeared in the Quad City Times.
The first female president in the Southern Professional Hockey League and the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce’s CEO were awarded Thursday for their work empowering and mentoring women throughout their careers.
Thursday afternoon, Iowa-based Women Lead Change hosted its annual Athena and Male Champion of Change Awards luncheon at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. Gwen Tombergs, president of the Quad-City Storm, received this year’s Athena Leadership Award, while Paul Rumler, president and CEO of the regional Chamber, was named the Male Champion of Change.
The Quad-Cities Athena Awards were founded 14 years ago by a group of women looking to shine a light on female leaders as a way to elevate the conversation about gender diversity and increase the number of women in leadership, according to Women Lead Change.
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