ATHENA Awards & Expo


The 20th Annual ATHENA Award program has concluded. Check back later for information on next year’s program!


On Friday, June 15, 2018 the Metro South Chamber and Eastern Bank presented the 20th 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. This luncheon took place at Barrett’s Conference Center, located at 674 W Center Street, West Bridgewater.


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.


2018 ATHENA Award Recipient 

June Saba-Maguire is the Chief Academic Officer of the Brockton Public Schools. Throughout her career, she has been an inspirational mentor, coach and leader. She prides herself on identifying strengths and talents of women, both in the field of education and in the community. She is a mentor and support to women and has been instrumental in aiding so many in achieving their goals. She is a lifelong learner who builds meaningful relationships with everyone she meets, learns from others, and continues to remain connected. Among her other achievements and contributions to the Brockton Public Schools, she developed the Footbridge Program with Bridgewater State University, a valued educational partner, while collaborating to help change the way the University’s undergraduate block classes operate. 



ATHENA Program Featured Speaker

ATHENA LUNCHEON: This year, the keynote speaker was Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta. As Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development in Massachusetts, Secretary Acosta leverages her passion to make the world a better place for the next generation to ensure that workers, employers, and the unemployed have the tools and training needed to succeed in the Massachusetts economy.

Prior to joining the Baker-Polito Administration, Secretary Acosta spent over thirty years in the banking industry and is known for her ability to drive positive performance outcomes aligned with a company’s mission. She has been named one of Boston’s Most Influential Women from the Women of the Harvard Club, El Planeta’s Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Massachusetts, and Get Konnected’s 100 Most Influential People of Color in Boston, to name a few.


Photographs from the 2018 ATHENA Awards:
20th Annual ATHENA Award

View a collection of photos from ATHENA Awards in the past.