Chamber names young ATHENA winner
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winner of this year’s ATHENA Young Professional Award.
Stacy Stout, assistant to the City of Grand Rapids’ city manager, was presented the award by the chamber yesterday afternoon at its 27th-annual ATHENA Awards Celebration luncheon.
The award recognizes upcoming leaders who have demonstrated the core values of the ATHENA program.
Chamber President and CEO Rick Baker cited Stout’s efforts in youth development, racial equality and advancing a safe and welcoming city.
“Stacy leads by example as a youth advocate, public servant and community trustee,” Baker said. “She is addressing institutional and structural racism impacting our communities of color. It’s an honor to recognize Stacy.”
Nine other women were finalists for the award: Carlye Allen; Lisa Anderson; Mercedes Barragan; Afton DeVos; Sonja Forte; Rachel Hood; Celeste Sanchez Lloyd; Sara Marie Moylan; and Amanda Williams.
As assistant to the City of Grand Rapids city manager, Stout assists with the coordination and implementation of city neighborhood initiatives, specifically focused on the city’s role in the anti-violence recommendations from the Safe Alliance for Everyone task force.
In her role, Stout is the highest-ranking Latina in the history of Grand Rapids city government.
Previously, she was a Michigan team member at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation — where she coordinated grant-making initiatives in Grand Rapids and statewide for children and families — and was the dean of students at Burton Middle School in Grand Rapids.
Stout has served in several positions at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, overseeing the early childhood, youth, adult education and parent leadership programs. She launched the first Latino gang intervention program in Kent County.
Stout serves on the steering committee of the Latino Community Coalition of Kent County and is a co-founder and strategy team member of the Latina Network of West Michigan.
She was recognized as the 2016 Young Professional of the Year by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is a 2015 graduate of the Grand Rapids chamber’s Leadership Grand Rapids program.
At yesterday’s luncheon, 2016 ATHENA Award winner Shelley Irwin, host and producer of WGVU’s “Morning Show,” was presented with her award.
Additionally, the chamber presented $4,250 in ATHENA Scholarships to five women who are more than 30 years old and have returned to college to complete their degrees.