The Salt Lake Chamber has named Salt Lake Community College president Deneece Huftalin as its 2017 Athena Leadership Award recipient. According to a release from the organization, the Athena Leadership Award is a national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business. Each recipient must also devote time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the community and assist women in reaching their full leadership potential.

“Deneece is a collaborator, a leader, and she inspires everyone around her. She is one of those rare individuals who go beyond the call of duty,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “She is bright, articulate, caring and helps not only her students, but her community at every opportunity. What she has done with Salt Lake Community College has been phenomenal. She’s not only helping create the workforce of today, but she’s helping shape the workforce of tomorrow.”

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