April 12, 2012
Gayle Roberts, the 2012 Athena Award recipient, believes that women need to believe in themselves and their abilities as well as mentor other women to do the same.
Roberts, who was among six Athena honorees, was announced as the winner Thursday during an awards luncheon at Jumer's Casino and Hotel in Rock Island. More than 350 people attended the seventh annual awards event, hosted by the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce and The Women's Connection. The award is presented annually by Missman Inc.
"It's hard to be singled out because there are so many women who deserve this recognition," Roberts, the president and chief operating officer of Muscatine's Stanley Consultants, said after receiving the award.
In a video tribute that featured all six honorees, Roberts offered this advice for helping young women: "The best way to give back is to make the path forward a little easier." The honorees also offered their thoughts and insights on leadership, giving back and the important role of women play in their communities, workplaces and families.
Roberts was recognized for being a role model and a champion for women in the male-dominated field of engineering throughout her 30-year career. In 2007, she became the country's only female president of an international engineering firm. She joined Stanley Consultants in 1981 and is a licensed professional engineer in seven states and Puerto Rico.