ATHENA Awards & Expo



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Friday, June 21 –  ATHENA Award Luncheon | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Barrett’s Alehouse, 674 West Center Street, West Bridgewater

The Metro South Chamber and Eastern Bank will present the 21st Annual ATHENA Award during a special luncheon to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in his/her business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, and has assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential.


The ATHENA Award is presented annually by chambers of commerce, women’s organizations and universities. The award is established in partnership with ATHENA International’s national underwriters, local businesses, and individual sponsors. Since the program’s inception in 1982, more than 6,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award® Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. The ATHENA Award is represented by an original bronze and marble sculpture inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment-qualities embodied in the ATHENA leadership model. For more information, visit


Sponsored by Eastern Bank.

21st Annual ATHENA Award Luncheon Program


Marisela Marrero, MD
President at Good Samaritan Medical Center

Our featured speaker is Marisela Marrero, MD, President at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Marisela Marrero, M.D. is the President of Good Samaritan Medical Center since December, 2018. Marrero is a Harvard-trained Emergency Room physician with an interest in developing top-tier public healthcare knowledge within the Latino community and broadening the use of proper healthcare among Hispanic people. Originally from Puerto Rico, Marisela has been living in the New England area for the past 22 years, having attained her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She was the co-founder and chair of ALPFA Healthcare, an organization dedicated to the promotion and proliferation of Latino leaders. In addition to this, she served as the medical correspondent for both Telemundo Boston and NECN. Most recently, Marisela worked as VP of Clinical Operations at Good Samaritan Medical Center, focusing on efficiency and throughput within the hospital setting. With a sense of commitment and enthusiasm that is palpable, Marisela continues to raise the bar, and acts as a driving force at the forefront of healthcare improvement and change.

Sharon Wolder
Chief Officer of Student Support Services at Brockton Public Schools

2019 ATHENA Award Recipient: Sharon Wolder, Chief Officer of Student Support Services at Brockton Public Schools. Sharon Wolder is the Chief Officer of Student Support Services for the Brockton Public Schools. In this role, Sharon is committed to ensuring that all students have access and equity throughout their educational experiences. She strives to help the school system create opportunities for students by working collaboratively with several educators within and outside the district as well as with community partners to obtain grants, design curriculum and create professional development opportunities. For the past two years, Sharon has led the development of the Principals’ Academy, which provides professional learning opportunities for leaders in the district that focus on current issues in the field of education. Sharon remains steadfast in her efforts to ensure students in Brockton experience rigorous learning opportunities that connect to who they are and prepare them for the opportunities that lie ahead. Sharon is determined to remain a role model for girls and women by leading by example and sharing her learning experiences.  She also works to encourage girls to take academic risks and pursue non-traditional opportunities.

Sharon has worked in the Brockton Public Schools for 24 years as a teacher, school leader and a district administrator. Having served the system in various capacities, Sharon is able to consider multiple perspectives and remains open to the ideas and needs of others. She began her career at Brockton High School in 1995, as a teacher in the Social Science department. Sharon taught history and worked on the department’s steering committee to develop curriculum for seven years before being promoted to Social Science Department Head in 2002, and then on to the position of Dean in 2004. In 2010, Sharon was promoted to the position of Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. Sharon became the Principal of Brockton High School in 2013. She led the school’s Restructuring Committee and was actively involved in developing, implementing and monitoring school-wide initiatives geared toward improving student achievement. Sharon co-created the school’s credit recovery program for struggling learners and rigorous enrichment opportunities for students including the STEM/Aviation Camp. In 2017, Sharon became the Chief Officer of Student Support Services, overseeing several departments and developing committees focused on ensuring equitable treatment of all students. Sharon has been a mentor and advisor to many students and educators, always focused on helping them to use education to reach their fullest potential.

Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Iowa.  She earned her Master of Education in Secondary History from Boston College and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S.) from Bridgewater State University.

Tickets are $39 for members and $49 for future-members. Corporate tables of 10 are available for purchase, as well as sponsorship opportunities! Register here or contact Lexi Reinertson for more information / to reserve a table, call (508) 586-0500 x231.



Photographs from the 2019 ATHENA Award:
21st Annual ATHENA Award