The Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award, celebrating exemplary leadership. The ATHENA Leadership Award fulfills ATHENA International's mission to support, develop and honor women leaders, inspire women to achieve their full potential and create balance in leadership worldwide.
The ATHENA Leadership Award honors individuals who:
strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment
excel in their chosen field
devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way
forge paths of leadership for other women to follow
We are pleased to welcome Portia Young from Sargento Foods Inc. as our keynote speaker for the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award. The title of her presentation is Lessons from my Mother.
Biography: Portia began telling stories as a young girl in her native Detroit. Writing came naturally for her, so she nurtured that gift by becoming an editor of her high school yearbook. That experience set her on the path of becoming a journalist. She formalized her training at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree, she began her broadcasting career at WKOW TV in Madison, Wisconsin.
For 14 years, Portia was an anchor and reporter at 3 different ABC afﬁliates. Her longest tenure was at WISN TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she was the morning anchor. During that time, she received several writing awards including 2 Emmy nominations.
After the birth of her ﬁrst child, Portia left broadcast news to pursue a career in public relations and corporate communications. She returned to her alma mater, Northwestern University, to earn her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications.
Portia is the Director of Corporate Communications for Sargento Foods Inc.--a family-owned, $1.4 billion company based in Plymouth, Wisconsin. In this role, Portia is telling the stories of a great American company, that hires good people and treats them like family. Sargento leads in cheese innovation has been named a Top Workplace in Wisconsin several years in a row.
Because of her love of storytelling in 2016, in addition to her role at Sargento, Portia became the host of Emmy-Winning ‘10ThirtySix’ on Milwaukee PBS. The monthly news magazine program is part of the Milwaukee PBS Presents Thursday night lineup of local programming--telling the important, impactful stories of the people of Southeast Wisconsin.
As the daughter of two educators, Portia believes in lifelong learning. She serves on the board of directors for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Seton Catholic Schools and the Cathedral Center homeless shelter for women and families. She is married and lives with her husband and young daughters on Milwaukee’s Northshore. She is a loyal Green Bay Packers fan and has a large following on Facebook and Twitter.
Meal choices are:
Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast, rice and salad
Portabella Mushroom, side salad
Whole Grain Mustard Roasted Pork Loin, with garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized apply brandy sauce, vegetable
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