Athena is crowning achievement
The 2012 Athena Award winner, Business Journal Editor Carole Valade, center, celebrates with Gymco owner Doreen Bolhuis, left, and Shelley Irwin, emcee of the event and WGVU/WGVK host. Valade was selected for her advocacy and mentorship of women in business. She was one of the first women in the United States to be named editor of a regional business newspaper when she joined Gemini Publications in 1987. Today, she is responsible for editorial policy, planning and development of publications, and the editorial staffs of all seven Gemini publications. Her influence led to the Business Journal’s development of the Most Influential Women and Top Women-Owned Business awards.