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Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and Anchorage Athena Society send local youth to business camps

June 21st, 2012

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
News Release
June 20, 2012
Contact: J.J. Harrier, vice president & communications director Direct Phone: 677-7110


Anchorage, AK – Through its Anchorage ATHENA Society program, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and its ATHENA Scholarship Committee recently issued full-scholarships to Arina Filippenko and Vang Her to attend Camp $tart-Up, a week-long national entrepreneurship and business camp held from July 27 to Aug. 5 at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, MA.

Filippenko will be a sophmore at West High School while Her will be entering Bartlett High School as a junior this fall.

Camp $tart-Up helps young women from across the nation learn leadership and business skills from successful women business owners. This is the 14th year the Anchorage Chamber has sent young women to the entrepreneurship camp.

In addition, the Anchorage ATHENA Society also provided scholarships to two more high school business-minded women to attend the Alaska State Chamber’s Alaska Business Week
part-of-something-extrodinary (ABW), a summer program with “intensive discovery learning,” teaching students about the challenges and opportunities of life after high school.

This summer, Rebeka Hatcher (Bartlett High) and Yajaira Rodriguez (East
High) will be sent to ABW, held from July 14 to 21, 2012 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

“All of these young women have proven they have what it takes to become our future business leaders of Anchorage,” said Sami Glascott, president of the Anchorage Chamber. “We are proud of their accomplishments and hope that the camps give them the skills and confidence they need to fuel their entrepreneurial spirits.”

Funds raised from last fall’s Kenai River Women’s Classic helped provide for the scholarships.

Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Railroad Corporation provided free transportation for the young women and the Anchorage Chamber’s Anchorage ATHENA Society covered all other costs.

Soroptimist International of Anchorage provided a $250 cash stipend to each of the young women.

The Anchorage ATHENA Society is program of the Anchorage Chamber that works year-round to encourage the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the business community.
Members of the Society, both male and female, are nominated by the community and their peers, and are accepted into the Society based on their business accomplishment, community service, and dedication to promoting women in business

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-driven business organization with more than 1,100 members representing 60,000 employees.
For businesses interested in membership, annual fees are based on the type of organization and number of full-time year-round employees. More information about the Anchorage Chamber is available at, or by calling (907) 272-2401.

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