Nada Gilmartin, owner of Nada and Co., and Bob Durkin, president and CEO of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce announced Nada Gilmartin, owner of Nada and Co., a clothing and home goods boutique on Capouse Avenue in Scranton, as the 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient.

Gilmartin embodies the character of the ATHENA Award, which honors a person who has achieved excellence in her business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills.

“Nada has proven to be an advocate for women in so many tangible ways,” said Bob Durkin, president and CEO of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “She supports women facing challenges, inspires others with her work ethic and commits time and resources to numerous community organizations and needs — all while running a successful small business, She is a most-deserving recipient of this prestigious award.”

In addition to owning Nada & Company for more than 30 years, Gilmartin is a founding member and executive board member for the Society for the Preservation of the Tripp Family Homestead, she serves on the executive board for the Scranton Cultural Center, is a member of the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture, ACE Council and volunteers for the Ballet Theatre of Scranton. She has assisted with advancing the missions of organizations like Dress for Success, Komen Foundation and Outreach. She is also an advocate for the revitalization efforts of Downtown Scranton.

The ATHENA Award was first presented in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan and has grown to include presentations to more than 5,000 people in hundreds of cities in the United States as well as in Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. The award takes the form of a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage and wisdom of the recipient.

The chamber received more than 25 nominations from across the region. The judges, made up of previous ATHENA winners, volunteers and chamber board members, had the difficult task of picking just one of these inspiring women.

The ATHENA Award Program is nationally underwritten by General Motors and National City Bank. Local sponsorship is provided by Bank of America and Michael A. Barbetti, CPA.

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