As Sena Landey watched the evening’s nominees receive their awards her thoughts went to past Athena and Community Shining Star nominees. Landey and the other 15 honored nominated for the 2010 Athena Award have stood on the shoulders of the women who had gone before them, she said.
“And now we are building new foundations for other women to follow and stand on,” the Athena recipient said after the awards gala Tuesday night at Anderson Country Club. “It is an honor to be a part of all of this.”
In announcing Landey as the award recipient, Myers Autoworld President Mary Jamerson, recalled a famous quote from Eleanor Roosevelt about how to eat an 8,000-pound elephant — “one calculated bite at a time.”
“She has a similar passion and determination,” Jamerson said of Landey. “... She has learned when you pull together as a team you can move mountains.”
Landey’s achievements go far beyond her decades long work at Anderson University where she currently serves as the vice president for finance and treasurer. Her work with organizations and boards throughout the community include her position as president of the Liberty Christian School’s board; board treasurer for the Flagship Enterprise Center and Orangehaus and board member of Community Home Health Services. She volunteers her time and talents with other organizations as well.
Jamerson pointed to Landey’s dedication and efforts to help bring the Indianapolis Colts back to Anderson for training camp and keeping things running smoothly during the event. Landey worked closely with the city of Anderson and the Colts to help further economic development in Madison County by bringing in 80,000 visitors making an economic impact of more than $6 million.
Chuck Staley, CEO of Anderson’s Flagship Enterprise Center business incubator, nominated Landey, who has been nominated at least three other times.
“I’m very pleased,” he said of the honor bestowed upon Landey. “I think she represents the best in our community. Her contributions to the Flagship are immeasurable, and she represents us all so well. We are very proud.”
Myers Autoworld and The Herald Bulletin are the community supporters for the Madison County Athena Award and Community Shining Stars awards.
Herald Bulletin Publisher Henry Bird described the 16 nominees as an “amazing group of women who are truly representative of the great things and people we have in Madison County.”
Jamerson said the group of women “reaffirm that Madison County is strong, progressive and oh so charitable.” She said the Athena recipient and Community Shining Stars will help to inspire others in the community and act as role models to make Madison County a better place.
—Abbey Doyle is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Photo credit: Don Knight. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.