Torrie Taj announced as 2020 Athena Award finalist

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The Greater Phoenix Chamber announced the 11 women chosen as finalists for its prestigious ATHENA Awards, continuing its strong tradition of recognizing outstanding Valley businesswomen.


Torrie Taj, CEO of Child Crisis Arizona, was announced as one of the eleven finalists for her leadership in her field, mentorship of other women throughout her career, and commitment to community service.


“Lifting each other up is now more important than ever. History and wisdom tell us that dedication, commitment and caring about others strengthens the entire community,” said Taj. “I am honored to have been included in this circle of inspirational women whose meaningful work has helped to lift all of us.”


For more than 43 years, Child Crisis Arizona has served the Valley’s vulnerable children and families and is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect through education and intervention. The agency offers emergency shelter for children, a teen group home for boys in the foster care system, and offers foster care and adoption services as well community-wide parenting classes, workshops, support groups and much more. Our vision is “Safe Kids. Strong Families.”


General Award Information


The ATHENA Awards highlight women who have achieved the pinnacle of success within their industry, have mentored women throughout their career, and have dedicated their time to their community and making a difference in the lives of others.


The 2020 ATHENA finalists include:

Private Sector:
Rhonda Bannard, President & Chief Connector, Inspired Connections
Rachel Frazier Johnson, Esq. Principal & Managing Attorney, Rachel Frazier Johnson Law    
​Monica Garnes, Division President, Fry’s Food Stores
Doris Savron, Vice Provost, Academic Colleges, University of Phoenix   

Public Sector:
Peggy J. Chase, President & CEO, Terros Health
Chevy Humphrey, The Hazel A. Hare President & CEO, Arizona Science Center
Torrie A. Taj, CEO, Child Crisis Arizona
Christine K. Wilkinson, PhD, Senior Vice President & Secretary of the University; CEO & President, ASU Alumni Association, Arizona State University
Young Professional:
Veronica Aguilar, 
Associate Director of Alumni Career Services, Arizona State University
Anna Carolina Ortiz, International Program Director, Esperança
Monica Trejo, Arizona State Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance/Care in Action

Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber to celebrate outstanding businesswomen in our community and to support all nominees, finalists and recipients past and present.

WHO: Three ATHENA Award recipients will be announced during the 32nd Annual ATHENA Awards luncheon.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 | 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Virtual Event

REGISTER: Register here

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