The prestigious ATHENA Women’s Leadership Award for Gallatin Valley has been awarded to Becky Franks, executive director of the Cancer Support Community.

The award and official ATHENA sculpture will be presented at the B2B Luncheon on Oct. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The award follows rigorous guidelines to honor women who meet three criteria: professional leadership, community leadership and personal leadership/mentorship. The Chronicle secured licensing rights from ATHENA International, a nonprofit organization that supports, develops and acknowledges women leaders, to present this annual award in the Gallatin Valley.

Nominators had to submit official forms providing detailed information on the candidate’s leadership achievements. All nominations were reviewed and discussed by the local ATHENA selection committee, a team comprised of management at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Additional research and personal interviews are part of the selection process.

This marks the fourth annual presentation of the local ATHENA Award. Past recipients include Ris Higgins of Leadership Outfitters, Robyn Erlenbush of ERA Landmark Real Estate and Carmen McSpadden of MSU Leadership Institute.

The Oct. 23 luncheon will feature a keynote address by Heather White, president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever. For tickets and more information, visit or call 582-2626.

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle