Chamber ATHENA award recipient named

8/12/2016, 9:11 a.m.
Joliet, IL. - The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry and The Council for Working Women are excited to ...

Joliet, IL. - The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry and The Council for Working Women are excited to announce Diane Habiger as the 2016 recipient of The ATHENA Award. Diane becomes the 29th Award recipient, and will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, September 14th at Mistwood Golf Club.

The ATHENA Award Program was developed in 1982 to honor exceptional female

or male leaders who demonstrate the highest levels of professional

excellence, give back to their communities, and most importantly, actively

assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Diane is the co-owner of Lincolnshire Properties, which leases apartments

in Plainfield and conventional office space in Joliet, Plainfield and

Naperville. Diane and her husband, Bill, also own Lincolnshire Business

Center in Joliet. The original center was totally destroyed by fire in

2001, but since has been rebuilt. It is an executive suite providing

receptionist and secretarial services, faxing, photocopying, conference

rooms and other support services as part of the rental. LBC also offers a

virtual tenant program which supports home based businesses in projecting a

professional image at an affordable cost.

As a true community leader, Diane has been instrumental to the advancement

of women in the Joliet region. She has been a driving force in the

recruitment of women into the Rotary Club of Joliet, the Joliet Catholic

Academy Board of Directors, and Board of Trustees at the University of St.

Francis. Diane assisted on a committee appointed by a Supreme Court Justice

that resulted in the appointment of two female candidates, often assists

women that have been out of the workforce with their resume and letters of

recommendation, and has urged many to participate in the Community

Leadership School sponsored by the Chamber.

Diane, based on her own experience, knows that many women need

encouragement when returning to the workforce after an absence due to child

rearing and other factors. “Women need to believe in themselves and their

capabilities,” says Habiger. Diane found that encouragement from being

part of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce. Working on various

committees at the Chamber and becoming active in the planning of Community

Leadership School put her in the company of local leaders who became role

models and encouraged community service. Diane stated that the Joliet

Chamber certainly changed the direction of her life. It gave her the

opportunity to learn how to contribute and become active in various

educational and social causes.

Additional Community and Chamber involvement includes:

• De La Salle Founders Award from Lewis University, 2016

• Marx Gibson Community Leadership Award, 2000

• Outstanding Business Alumna from Joliet Catholic Academy, 2001

• Outstanding Small Business Award from Joliet Region Chamber

of Commerce & Industry, 2001

• Board of Trustees at the University of St. Francis

• Board of Directors at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home

• Board of Directors at Joliet Catholic Academy

• Board of Directors at Joliet Rotary Club

• Board of Directors at the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce &


Diane fully embodies the spirit of the ATHENA Award and is a tremendous

asset to her community. She has paved the way for other women to follow in

her footsteps and realize their full potential.

The Athena Award Luncheon will be at Mistwood Golf Club on September 14,

  1. Tickets are $35 per guest or $350 per table of 10. Call the Joliet

Chamber of Commerce to make reservations at 815.727.5371.