Ideas Collide is proud, honored and excited to announce that co-founder and CXO Rebecca Clyde has been named winner of the 2016 ATHENA Private Sector Award by The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. This is a huge honor,” said Rebecca Clyde, 2016 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award recipient in the private sector. “I’ve met so many outstanding women through the ATHENA process. It’s been an incredible journey. I embrace the concept of inclusive leadership in which we collectively achieve so much more with representation from diverse groups. Together, we can do more.”
Growing up in a large family and having to fight to be heard, Clyde learned at a young age what it means to work hard. Today she is driven by the desire to be part of something that gives back to the community. Inspired by a breast cancer survivor in her family, Clyde is very involved with Susan G. Komen of Arizona. Clyde strives to create a better world for her two young daughters and son.
When asked what advice she would give future ATHENA Award recipients, Clyde responded, “Get involved with the community and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and find ways to give back. That’s really the essence of it…your hard work will speak for itself.”
In addition to honoring Rebecca, the Chamber of Commerce also awarded Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D., Chancellor of Maricopa Community College District, as the 2016 ATHENA Public Sector recipient and Catherine Alonzo, founding partner of Javelina, with the 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award.
“All of the 2016 ATHENA Award finalists do more than push the boundaries of achievement, they shatter them,” said Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “These businesswomen and role models are respected leaders who embody the spirit of ATHENA and understand that giving back is a major component of personal success.”