LIMA — Shannon Tyler and Beth Seibert are this year’s finalists for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce’s Athena award, which recognizes professionals for promoting women in leadership and improving the quality of life in Lima.
Tyler is a community development officer for First Federal Bank in Lima, where she has worked for three years. She previously worked as a head teller or supervisor for Huntington Bank for 21 years.
Tyler encourages women in their careers through several initiatives, including a girls talk program with the Salvation Army and Women Empowering Women networking group. She also teaches financial literacy to senior citizens, Lima schools students and Ohio State Lima students.
Her message to women — professionals and students alike — is to stay positive, give back, respect yourself and treat others with respect.
“As women, we can still accomplish what we need to accomplish in our roles in the workplace,” Tyler said.
Seibert has worked for the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District for 35 years. She’s been the Ottawa River Coalition coordinator for the past 26 years. And she’s spent three decades leading youth education at Trinity United Methodist Church in Spencerville.
Seibert has mentored young women in her Sunday school classes, her internship program and science fair program. She’s also chaired the Spencerville Community Samaritans Food Pantry board since 2005 and mentored women in need through that capacity.
“I honestly did not think myself worthy of an Athena award nomination, because I did not feel that I had made much of an impact on women in particular,” Seibert wrote in her nomination form. “And perhaps this is because for the past three and a half decades I have professionally excelled in a male-dominated world.”
The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner during its annual dinner and awards gala Wednesday, May 1 at the University of Northwestern Ohio Event Center.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.