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Published on March 18, 2022

Cagle Receives ATHENA Award from Chamber of Commerce

The award is one of the Greensboro Chamber’s highest honors.

Greensboro –  Cone Health CEO Dr. Mary Jo Cagle received the ATHENA award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. 

The Athena Award is a national honor presented by the Greensboro Chamber to an individual who attains the highest level of professional excellence and is committed to improving the quality of life for others and the advancement of women.  

The first woman and the first physician leading the Cone Health network, Cagle has been with Cone Health for over a decade and guided much of the work that resulted in Cone Health’s nationally recognized performance.

“While this is a wonderful honor for me personally, it says so much about our culture at Cone Health,” says Cagle. “We understand that to identify those with the greatest potential, you must make sure that you are looking at a broad and diverse candidate pool. Otherwise, you might be missing out on the strongest leaders.”

Cagle has a passion for developing leaders once she has identified them, especially women leaders and physician leaders. Half of the 8 most senior leaders at Cone Health are women, as are 21 of the 45 top executives of the organization. She has served as the executive sponsor for the Women Inspiring Women Dive-In Network Group at Cone Health since the group’s inception in 2014.

Cagle founded the Cone Health Physician Leadership Academy with the Center for Creative Leadership. She plays a major role in the governance, the curriculum and in selecting participants. More than a dozen of the 200 physicians who have graduated are among the senior executives at Cone Health with several of the women graduates sitting on the senior leadership team.

The award was presented March 23 at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.