Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Awards Luncheon

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. Former University of Hawaii at Hilo Director of University Relations Gerald DeMello also attended the luncheon. (Photo courtesy of HICC)</p>

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's Athena Awards Luncheon

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. Former University of Hawaii at Hilo Director of University Relations Gerald DeMello also attended the luncheon. (Photo courtesy of HICC)

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of HICC)</p>

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's Athena Awards Luncheon

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of HICC)

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of HICC)</p>

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's Athena Awards Luncheon

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of HICC)

I had the honor of giving the keynote address at the Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce’s annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center.

The Athena Awards recognizes women in our community who have demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in their profession. These women contribute their time and energy to help other women realize their leadership potential.

My keynote address focused on “Paying it Forward,” along with other lessons learned over a lifetime and during an academic career as a teacher, researcher, scientist and administrator. About 200 people attended the awards luncheon, which I enjoyed immensely.