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#110--May 12, 2000
Contact: Janet Remolona
College of Business
phone: 415/338-2670; Fax: 415/338-6237

ATHENA 2000 Business Excellence Award
Goes To San Francisco Business Times Publisher

San Francisco, CA, May 12, 2000---In keeping with its mission to honor excellence and leadership in the Bay Area business community, the local chapter of the ATHENA Foundation, in partnership with the College of Business at San Francisco State University, announced that it has named Mary Huss, publisher of the San Francisco Business Times, as its ATHENA 2000 award winner.

At an awards ceremony Huss will be celebrated as the inaugural recipient of the annual Bay Area ATHENA Award. The ATHENA Award honors professionals in cities across America for their business and professional accomplishments, community service, and their roles as models in mentoring and encouraging leadership potential in women.

In announcing the award, Dr. Ray Maghroori, dean of the College of Business and a state director for the ATHENA Foundation, said, "The goal of our annual award is to place on center stage one business leader whose performance has outpaced all expectations. It is no surprise that today's spotlight shines on the Bay Area's very own Mary Huss. As a leading publisher here in San Francisco, Mary's tenure with the Business Times has truly been exemplary, and her performance with the Times has provided an i nvaluable resource to anyone who closely follows today's sweeping business trends."

"The College of Business - with over 50 years educating business professionals - is delighted to play a leading role in the creation of the Bay Area chapter of the ATHENA Foundation and the selection of its first hometown annual award recipient," added Maghroori. "Publicly recognizing leadership is an important component of our campaign to encourage leadership among the many business professionals here. Since half of our undergraduates in the College of Business are women, providing them with role mod els and opportunities to succeed is critical. The ATHENA Award, with its focus on honoring women for their professional and leadership accomplishments, contributes to this goal."

ATHENA Foundation award nominations are based on demonstrated excellence in business practice and conduct, proven civic and community involvement, and commitment to the development of leadership opportunities for women.

"Look behind the strength of the San Francisco Business Times and you find exceptional thought-leadership in Mary Huss, " said Liz Fetter, president of broadband communications leader NorthPoint Communications, Inc. and co-chair of the 2000 ATHENA Award Program. "In today's business world, it's no secret that to stay ahead you must remain one step ahead of the competition, and committed to constantly exceeding the standards in your profession. The ATHENA Award is a natural tribute to Mary's proven lead ership in those areas."

The award presentation will take place on Thursday, May 18 at the City Club of San Francisco (155 Sansome Street) at 6:00 p.m. Program sponsors include: bebe Stores, Inc., Bradford Staff, Microsoft Northern California, NorthPoint Communications, Willis Corroon of California and United Airlines.

NOTE: For information regarding sponsorship, please contact Janet Remolona at 415-338-2670.


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