Pickerington – An Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington graduate was awarded the 2013 Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce Athena Award. Pickerington Public Library Director Suellen Goldsberry was presented with the award at the Day of Athena Leadership Development Conference held at the Ohio University Pickerington Center on Friday, May 17.
"I was shocked. I was speechless," said Goldsberry. "The previous winners that I know, I think they are outstanding professional women and to be put in the same category is amazing. That makes it special."
The ATHENA Leadership Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman -- or a man -- who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
Goldsberry graduated from Ohio University Lancaster with a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communication in 2003. She took classes at the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center while working on the degree. Goldsberry went on to get a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Ohio University in 2007. She served as three-year term on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus Coordinating Council that ended in 2012.
"I'm a big supporter of branch campuses. I wouldn't be where I am without them," said Goldsberry. "I just do my job to the best of my ability, and it always surprises me when somebody thinks I've done something deserving of an award. I've been very fortunate to have a lot of people take the time to mentor and advise me. I had outstanding parents who taught me to do my best and to be gracious and kind along the way."
Goldsberry became director of the Pickerington Public Library in February, 2006, after spending the previous 21 years with the library as children's librarian and assistant director. She is a graduate of Pickerington High School. She has three grown daughters and three granddaughters.
The 2012 Athena Award Winner, Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Professor Candice Thomas-Maddox, was charged with creating the theme for this year's Day of Athena Leadership Development Conference. Goldsberry will be asked to do the same for next year's conference.
"I think I would like to stress the importance of doing what you love," said Goldsberry. "You need to have a career, not just a job."