Lee Elliff Pound, director of the Missouri Southern Alumni Association, was the recipient of the Athena Leadership Award during the recent 2017 Carthage Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

The nationally recognized award is presented in honor of “professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills,” according to the Athena International website. The local award is sponsored by the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation and SMB Bank.

“It was a very nice surprise,” says Pound. “The award is beautiful.”

In addition to her duties with the Alumni Association, Pound serves as secretary of the Carthage School Board, vice president of the Carthage Community Foundation, a member of the artCentral and Carthage R-9 Foundation boards, and a member of Chapter AP of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization), the Mimosa Garden Club, the Shakespeare Society and is an alumnae of Delta Gamma. In 2015, she was selected as one of 2015’s Most Influential Women by the Joplin Regional Business Journal.