The 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award Breakfast, presented by Harford Mutual Insurance, will be held on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 AM in the Richlin Ballroom. The ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award (a leader under 40 years of age) are presented to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their careers and assisted the advancement of women in their professional communities.

Hosted by the Harford Community College Foundation, the ATHENA Leadership Award Breakfast is professionally affiliated with ATHENA International and offers widespread prestige to the honored finalists and recipients. Last year the event had a record attendance of 250 and it continues to grow. Open networking and a buffet breakfast are included with each ticket.

Proceeds from the event are used to fund the ATHENA Leadership Scholarship at Harford Community College, which is a $1,000 award for adult students returning to college. An additional $500 scholarship is funded through event proceeds and is awarded each year to a student who completes the Emerging Leaders program at the College.

The keynote speaker for this year’s ATHENA Awards is Susan Muaddi Darraj, who, in addition to being an associate professor of English at Harford Community College, has an impressive and multi-layered career as lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, faculty member in Fairfield University’s MFA program, and acclaimed author. Her short story collection, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, is the recipient of an American Book Award and winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Stories. In 2018 she was named a Ford Fellow by USA Artists. Her most recent work, Farah Rocks, is a children’s chapter book series. Susan will address this year’s theme, Learning, one of the ATHENA International core tenets.


Susan Brown
Executive Director for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Harford County Public Schools
Sandra Gallion
Prevention Associate
Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy
Robin Luxon
Senior Vice President - Corporate Strategy, Marketing & Business Development
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
Libby Plunkett
First Vice President/Wealth Management, Financial Advisor
Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC
Karen Rege
Dean for Teaching, Learning and Innovation
Harford Community College
Susan Stover
Director of Sales
APG Federal Credit Union


Lauren Beward
Business Development and Proposal Manager
Bravura Information Technology Systems, Inc.
Myra Derbyshire
Executive Associate
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Elizabeth Mosser
Associate Dean for Academic Operations
Harford Community College
Ashira Quabili
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Freedom Federal Credit Union
Tiffany Wandy
Executive Director, Clinically Integrated Network
LifeBridge Health

Tickets for the ATHENA breakfast and award presentation are $40 each or $350 for a table of 10. Purchase tickets.