LAYTON—A real leader always works to lift others up.
Chantel Chase, the winner of the Davis Chamber of Commerce Women in Business’s 2017 Athena Awards, knows that firsthand. At a luncheon in her honor held last week, local business leaders talked about the leadership and community service exhibited by Chase.
“There are really great women who, in the course of accomplishing much, lift themselves by lifting others,” said former Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs, the 2010 Athena Award recipient. “Chantel is truly a great woman.”
Chase, who was recently promoted to the position of business banking operations division manager for Zions Bancorporation, has also worked with the chamber’s Women in Business for several years and volunteered in the community. She is also the secretary and treasurer of the governing board of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Speakers also commented on her experience as a wife and mother, with two young sons and a young daughter.
“She has a passion for people,” said Lori Chillingworth, the chief credit administrator at Zions. “She has that ability to grab you and make you believe in what she’s doing.”
After receiving the award, Chase shared many of the life lessons growing up that helped shape her into the businessperson she is today. She talked about her father, who always had a cheerful approach to things going wrong. She said that she’s worked to apply that approach in both business and her daily life.
“A lesson I learned from my dad that I’ll pass onto you is to choose adventure over anxiety,” she said. “If things don’t go your way, at least you’ll have a good story to tell.”
She also shared an experience she had babysitting as a teenager. When the house of a child she babysat was messy, her mother encouraged her to show empathy for the working mother instead of disparaging the house. She also inspired Chase to help clean up the house herself, and she said that she still remembers the mother’s gratitude when she came home.
“She challenged me to leave things better than I found them,” said Chase of her own mother. “That’s something we all can do.”
She also talked about wanting to be a banker since she was a small child, largely because of the influence of an aunt that also worked as a banker. She urged the women listening to be examples to others the same way her aunt was an example to her.
“I’m here because I saw someone doing it, and knew I could become it,” she said. “We as women need to step up for those who are coming up after us, and those who are watching us.”
The Athena Award, which has been given out by the Davis Chamber of Commerce Women in Business since 1998, is designed to honor women – and men – who exhibit professional excellence, community service, and actively assist women in attaining professional excellence and leadership skills.
“Athena was known for strength, wisdom and courage,” said Angie Osguthorpe, president of the chamber. “Those are all qualities exemplified in the Athena model.”