Guthrie and Blumenthal speak at ATHENA event

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Posted: March 5, 2015 | Updated: March 7, 2015 | Written by Tyler Reese

ATHENA International and ATHENA of Riverside held their annual ATHENA Lecture on March 5 in the Digital Library and Learning Resource Center’s Auditorium of Riverside City College.

ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1982 by Martha Maywood-Mertz. The organization seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders such as scheduled guest speakers Virginia Blumenthal, Cindy Roth and Debbi Huffman-Guthrie.

Blumenthal was elected to Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees in 2006 and is serving as president of the Board of Trustees. Not only is she an alumna of RCC, she is also president of Blumenthal Law Offices.

Roth is president and CEO of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, which is the largest business organization that serves the interests of businesses in the Riverside region, representing over 1,300 member companies. Huffman-Guthrie is a life-long Riverside resident and long-time Riverside professional and civic leader, and Senior Vice President of the Raincross Hospitality Corporation. She oversees the operations of its subsidiary organizations such as the Riverside Convention Center, Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Riverside Sports Commission.

Blumenthal and Huffman–Guthrie talked about their background and gave speeches about what it means to be a woman and to have come so far in life and have many more opportunities ahead.

Blumenthal and Huffman-Guthrie shared Cindy Roth’s background and upbringing as she was unable to attend the event following a death in her family, according to Blumenthal.

At the end of the lecture, Isaac presented both Blumenthal and Huffman-Guthrie with a bouquet of flowers and a wrapped gift and thanked them for their time, efforts and commended them for all they have done.



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