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Cedar Crest President Ambar Earns ATHENA Award from Women’s Business Council

President Carmen Twillie AmbarCedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar has been chosen the 2010 ATHENA Award recipient by the Women’s Business Council (WBC) of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. She received the award on October 19 during the Athena Awards Luncheon at Northampton Country Club in Bethlehem Township.

The ATHENA Award Program celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community, and recognizes those who support them. The award honors individuals who strive toward the highest level of professional accomplishment by excelling in their field, devoting time and energy to the community, and forging paths for others to follow.

In her two years at Cedar Crest, President Ambar has already made her mark on the College and the region as a prominent leader, the WBC said in bestowing the award. During this time, the College has rededicated its focus on educating the next generation of women leaders through the development of a comprehensive strategic plan.

President Ambar said receiving the ATHENA award reflects the hard work of many.

“When I joined Cedar Crest College in 2008, it was with the intention of working closely with the entire college community to devise strategies to bring our women’s college forward into the 21st century,” she said. “The resulting strategic plan has been launched and many of the initiatives are already being implemented on campus. We are well on our way to helping to change the world—one Cedar Crest student at a time.”

In addition to the Athena Award presented to President Ambar, Jennifer Mann, owner of SHUZE a boutique with shoes, handbags, accessories and clothing in Bethlehem, will receive the 2010 ATHENA Young Professional Award, honoring an emerging leader in her business or profession who gives back to the community, and serves as a role model for other young women.