1997 alum Kristi Thorson, director of external relations for the University of Wisconsin–Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded the Athena Young Professional Award.
This award is given to an emerging leader, age 25 to 40, who serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally and provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community. The Business Forum, a Madison-area group of women professionals, gives the award as part of an Athena International program.
Thorson has more than 10 years of experience in communications and policymaking. Prior to joining the School of Veterinary Medicine, she served as assistant director of state relations in the UW–Madison's chancellor's office.
She has been involved with the campus Wisconsin Idea Project and collaborated on programs to improve communications among campus employees and students and the state legislature. In her role with the School of Veterinary Medicine, she develops, implements and plans fund-raising programs to engage alumni, businesses and clients of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
Thorson serves on the board of directors for the McFarland Youth Center, the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society and has participated in the Wisconsin Women Leadership Symposium the past three years.
Thorson "clearly has excelled in her field over many years and serves as an important role model for young women in the community," says Mark Markel, associate dean for advancement at the School of Veterinary Medicine. "This award rightly acknowledges her many strengths and contributions to the Madison community."
Kristi Thorson wins Athena Award for Young Professionals, November 22, 2011, University of Wisconsin–Madison News
A version of this article appears in the spring 2012 La Follette Notes newsletter for alumni and friends.