The Barry County Chamber of Commerce honored Jan Hartough with the internationally recognized ATHENA Leadership Award for 2011 Jan. 14, at the Gilmore Car Museum’s new Automotive Heritage Center in Hickory Corners, Mich.
Jan received the award at the chamber of commerce’s annual dinner celebrated with a 1920s and ‘30s theme and guests attending in period attire and dancing to “big band” music. Prior to the dinner, guests enjoyed museum tours of the new Automotive Heritage Center.
ATHENA Leadership Award recipients demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their businesses or professions; provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.
Jan recently retired from Michigan State University Extension where she served as state coordinator for public deliberation. She blazed a trail as one of the first female MSU Extension directors. She founded Leadership Barry County, a program designed to enhance leadership skills for individual growth, organizational improvement and increased community effectiveness. Jan continues to mentor the program’s directors.
She was instrumental in forming the Barry County Resource Network to identify and respond to community needs and act as a partnership to build a healthy community. She helped to develop the Healthy Families in Barry County program to increase parenting skills. She served on the design group that created the Barry County Economic Development Alliance, which promotes and pursues activities to create economic development. In addition, Jan lends her leadership and service to numerous committees and organizations.
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