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 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,
- Tickets are $35 per guest or $350 per table of 10. Call the Joliet
Chamber of Commerce to make reservations at 815.727.5371.