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Harriett Romo (left) and Megan Kromer at
Enterprising Women's Conference

UTSA alumna receives Athena award

By Marianne McBride Lewis
Director of Public Affairs

(Oct. 24, 2006)--UTSA alumna Megan Kromer, developer of a parenting education program that has improved the lives of thousands of women and their children, recently received the 2006 Athena International Award at the 17th annual Enterprising Women's Conference hosted by the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

Kromer, who earned a UTSA Executive M.B.A. degree in 2004, received the Athena award as an outstanding San Antonio leader who provides development opportunities for women.

A social entrepreneur, Kromer develops new social-change systems for philanthropic and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States in order for them to become better community partners.

Kromer developed Precious Minds, New Connections, a parenting education program that has trained more than 18,000 parents (75 percent of them women) to help children develop mentally with activities and experiences that stimulate their rapidly developing young brains.

Kromer succeeds Harriett Romo, UTSA associate professor of sociology, the 2005 recipient of the Athena International Award.

"I participated as a reviewer of parenting curriculum in the Great Minds project that Megan championed, and her leadership and enthusiasm were key to the success of that program at the Kronkosky Foundation," said Romo. "The project provided funds to help agencies update and improve the quality of their parenting curriculum, and it impacted many women participating in the various parenting programs in the city. Megan is bright and a very talented leader. She has a great sense of humor and we are proud that she is an UTSA alum."

Founded in 1982, the Athena Foundation is an internationally recognized organization that provides opportunities for the growth and development of leaders in the communities served. The San Antonio Athena Award recognizes area individuals for their professional achievements, community service and generosity in helping women to attain professional excellence and leadership skills. Both men and women are eligible to receive the award.

Previous Athena award recipients include Mary Pat Moyer, CEO and chief science officer of Incell Corporation and CEO of TEKSA Innovations Corp. (2004), Susan Blackwood, executive director of the San Antonio Sports Foundation (2003), Cyndi Taylor Krier, former Bexar County judge and current USAA vice president for Texas government relations (2003) and Christine Prescott, CEO of Corporate Travel Planners (2001).

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