LEAGUE CITY — Business owner and community volunteer Teresa Vencil was the recipient of the 2014 Athena Leadership Award by the League City Chamber of Commerce on Friday. She becomes the fourth recipient of the award presented each year to highlight women’s accomplishments in business and community involvement.
“I am humbled to receive this award,” said Vencil, owner of Haut Flowers and Finds and the Tad Akers Event Facility. “It recognizes how when women do pull together, the things we can accomplish as a community and how far reaching that can be even though we don’t always see that.”
In business Vencil is known for her event and wedding planning, but the award was also given because of her volunteerism.
She’s chaired the Lighthouse Christian Ministries Gala for the past five years, co-chairwoman for the League City Rotary Club and founded the San Benave Concert Series. In business, she also seeks out high school students to offer them entry-level jobs so they can learn jobs in the service and hospitality industry.
Mentoring students is one of her loves.
“You never know where that’s going to go, and it may be years before you see (results), if at all,” Vencil said. “Just being willing to take that risk to mentor young people or other women who are trying to be entrepreneurs.”
She told the crowd that she was thankful for all the women from who she drew inspiration, even those whom she may have only emulated from afar.
Vencil was among 10 Galveston County and Clear Lake-area women nominated for the award, which is the only woman-specific award given by an area chamber of commerce.
The other nominees were attorney Trisha Barita, physician Sister Dr. Ricca Dimalibot, Servpro of Clear Lake owner Jean Foty, Lakewood Yacht Club public relations director Marcy Fryday, College of the Mainland President Beth Lewis, Black Rose Steel CEO Ann Hacker, retired NASA program analyst and Clear Creek school district trustee Ann Hammond, community volunteer Dianne Troop and YourTownTV.com owner Bonnie Lem.
The Athena Leadership Award is an international award presented to a person who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. Local winners advance to a national competition and then an international competition.
The award was presented during a luncheon at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook. The keynote speaker was Sugar Land council member, business owner and political TV commentator Jacqueline Baly.