Mom and Health Educator Honored with Athena Award

Lynchburg, VA - One woman was honored Friday for everything she does in the workplace and in the Lynchburg community. This year's winner of the Athena Award is Leslie Hoglund.

Hoglund is a mother of four, a student, and works full-time as a senior health educator with the Virginia Department of Health.

Friday afternoon, dozens of women met at the Kirkley Hotel for a luncheon. The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts the event. The lunch gives women an opportunity to share their personal success and struggles. Past winners say getting the Athena award is a humbling experience.

"The award really links me to woman all across the world that are changing the world, and I can't tell you how wonderful that is," said Sue Coleman, 2011 winner.

"It just validates what you're trying to do and makes you feel worthy of it," said Shirley Fuller, 2009 winner.

This has been quite a week for this year's winnner, Leslie. Mayor Mike Gillette honored her with the Vice Mayor's Young Adult Award of Excellence.