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Josefina Hooker of Freedom Buick GMC in Odessa, TX, is one of the special people whose focus is not just on selling cars, but also on doing what she can to make her community a better place.

Twelve years ago, Josefina began organizing the ATHENA Leadership Award® in Odessa with her local chamber of commerce. This prestigious national award program honors those individuals who go above and beyond to develop women leaders within their communities. As a woman in a leadership position herself, it’s a cause that’s close to Josefina’s heart. She knows how important role models are for younger women, so she’s made it her mission to see that women have role models that will inspire them to achieve their full potential.

“My bread and butter comes from the community,” says Josefina. “So I get to see women in key roles in the community, providing leadership and raising money for local groups that need financial backing. The ATHENA Award celebrates the growth of women, so now it’s time to recognize them.”