The 2021 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award was presented to MTSU alumna Meagan Flippin, president and CEO of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, during a June 3 ceremony at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.
Also honored at the ceremony was 2021 Rutherford ATHENA Award recipient Patti James, a former Bridgestone Americas executive and Leadership Middle Tennessee executive director who now owns and operates a consulting business focused on career coaching and development.
The ATHENA Award recognizes an individual who excels in her profession, gives back to the community, and helps raise up other leaders, especially women.
The Young Professional Leadership Award recognizes an emerging leader under 40 years old who exemplifies the ATHENA attributes and serves as a role model for young women.
Flippin earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations (’07) and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from MTSU (’08) and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
“I’m honored to be nominated among so many individuals who embody the Athena principles … I want to thank you for letting me be a part of this community. It’s been my pleasure to give back,” Flippin said in a news release from women’s advocacy organization RUTHERFORD Cable.
Flippin is the immediate past president of RUTHERFORD Cable and a past president of the Junior League of Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Young Professionals, and the Blue Raider Athletic Association. She is active with the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary, Charity Circle of Murfreesboro, and Leadership Middle Tennessee. She serves on United Way’s state association board and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation Philanthropy Committee.
She was also a 2019-20 recipient of the MTSU Alumni Association‘s True Blue Citations of Distinction for Service to Community.
Flippin was joined by 2021 ATHENA Young Professional nominees Courtney Chavez, Katie Schroder Hall, Jamie Morgan Harrington, Aleece McKnight, Dr. Adelle Monteblanco, Tosha Price, Francela Salas, Alicia Stachura, Tiffany Taylor, Essence Threlkeld and Loren Walker.
Said James: “Madeleine Albright has a saying ‘there’s a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.’ From here, I can see that Rutherford County has a great future for the next generation of women.”
James was honored along with the 2021 ATHENA class: Kenya Adams, Gloria Bonner, Lee Anne Carmack, Terri Deal, Beth Goodner, Cynthia Harris, April Holland, Kara Kemp, Andrea Loughry, LaTonya Martin, Dr. Lucy Matthews, Jody Powers, Jolene Radnoti and Deborah Thompson.
Rutherford ATHENA also presented two scholarships, one for $3,000 to Amanda Hawk, an MTSU student who is studying criminal justice, and one $1,500 scholarship to Allison Sordelet, a Motlow State Community College student, who is completing her general education for later completion of a bachelor’s of nursing at Austin Peay State University.