LOCAL LEADERS RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Barbara G. Deane and Dr. Deirdre “Dee” Barfield
2011 ATHENA Recipients
The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, honored the recipients of the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award September 15, 2011.
The ATHENA Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment. The Award is not only local, but recognized on a national and international level. Recipients are honored for their professional excellence, community service and actively assisting other women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership.
Since the program’s inception in 1982, close to 6,000 leaders in over 500 communities have received the ATHENA Award. This year, two of Bossier-Shreveport’s own joined those ranks.
Shreveport recipient Barbara G. Deane of Shreveport and Bossier recipient Deirdre Barfield, M.D., FACP were honored during the 2011 ATHENA luncheon.
Barbara G. Deane is the owner of Barbara G. Deane Consulting, LLC. The Company assists various non-profits in strategic planning, organizational development, talent management, training, regulatory compliance, marketing and public relations.
For over 40 years, Barbara has served on many non-profit boards at the local, state and national level. Currently she is Board President for The Providence House, 2010 – 2011 Chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Network, the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Shreveport Common and the LANO Community Coaching Project. She also advocates at the local, state and national level for women’s issues focusing on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Homelessness. Her achievements include 100 Most Influential Women of the Century Recognition and Volunteer of America National Award.
Dr. Deirdre “Dee” Barfield is the Regional Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs, and Director of Women’s Services for the Northern Louisiana region of CHRISTUS Health since 2009. Dr. Barfield has been the driving force behind “The Birth Place” labor and delivery units at CHRISTUS Health facilities in Shreveport, which offer family-centered maternity care focused on the mother and her family. Her vision to reach out to women in the community has also extended to huge improvements in the Breast Center.
Not only has Dr. Barfield’s research been published at the local and state levels, she has also been recognized as Faculty of the Year for LSU Health Sciences Center and awarded the prestigious “Nation’s ‘Best Doctor’ in Internal Medicine” four years running.
This year’s Shreveport nominees included Francesca Benten Moreland, Reverend Pam G. Crews, Virginia St. John, Laurel Rice Brightwell, Lillian Priest and Eve Goins. Bossier nominees were Michelle Baker, Lynn Bryan, Melissa Carpenter, Julie Dupree, Kedgy Larson and Kristi Tift. The
2011 ATHENA Luncheon was sponsored by MAC, Griggs Enterprise, Shreveport Federal Credit Union, Forum, Clarkes Jewelers and Lee Michaels.