Pictured from left: Robyn Y. Davis, president and CEO, Brown County United Way and Laurie Radke, president/CEO, Greater Green Bay Chamber.
Green Bay, Wis. - (Sept. 19, 2019) - The Greater Green Bay Chamber is pleased to announce the 2019 ATHENA Award recipient is Robyn Y. Davis, JD, president and CEO, Brown County United Way Inc.
Davis has served in her current role at the United Way since 2017. But her demonstrated investment in the community – including a focus on empowering women – is much longer-standing. Throughout her professional career, she has mentored, encouraged and uplifted other women with purpose, grace and intention, wrote Sarah Inman, nominator and vice president of community investment at the Brown County United Way, in her nomination document. “She challenges others to excel, lead and leverage their influence to advocate and raise awareness.”
Davis’ personal life and professional career choices have been guided by her faith in God, compassion and a passion for wanting to serve the greater good and help others, especially women and families living in poverty, driven in part by her own experiences. Born and raised in New York City, Davis is the eldest of five children who overcame poverty and became a first-generation college graduate. She earned her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in Long Island and her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University. She has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The list of Davis’ business accomplishments and affiliations is long and diverse. Current and recent past affiliations include serving on the Green Bay Packers board of directors, Delta Sigma Theda Sorority - Northeast Wisconsin Alumnae Chapter, St. Norbert College Ambassador of Peace, United Way Worldwide CEO Roundtable (1 of 3 CEOs selected to represent the Midwest Region), Citizens Redistricting Advisory Committee for Brown County, Management Women Green Bay board of directors, Weidner Center Presents board of directors, Achieve Brown County Community Leadership Council, Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition, Salvation Army of Brown County Advisory Council, YWCA board of directors, Bay Area Community Council board of directors.
Since joining the United Way, Davis has successfully led the organization through a transformation of its business model and the adoption of an ambitious community goal: 10,000 individuals on the path to stability in 10 years.
“I have been blessed to get to know Robyn as a peer nonprofit leader and in her role as a committee chair for the diversity and inclusiveness task force of the Greater Green Bay Economic Development Strategic Plan shepherded by the Chamber,” said Laurie Radke, president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Chamber. “She is the epitome of an ATHENA Award recipient in how she conducts herself every day in both her professional and volunteer capacities.”
She was previously honored as 2017 Management Women Green Bay's Nancy A. Felhofer Leadership Award recipient and 2019 St. Norbert College Ambassador of Peace Award and was named one of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders 2018 by Madison365.
Davis will be honored at the Chamber’s annual dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the KI Convention Center/Hyatt Regency in Green Bay.
The ATHENA Award has been given by the Greater Green Bay Chamber since 1985 to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their business or professions, have generously assisted in the advancement of women, and have devoted time and energy to serving their community. The award not only recognizes the accomplishments of the recipients, but it celebrates the wisdom, strength and enlightenment of the recipient. Both men and women who are employed by members of the Chamber are eligible for the award. Recipients are nominated by members of the Chamber and chosen by previous ATHENA Award winners.
For details on the annual dinner, visit www.greatergbc.org/annualdinner.
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