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        2019 ATHENA Leadership

        Award Recipient

                      hether it has been in her professional career, service to the
                      community or commitment to her family, Karen Grannemann
                      has relentlessly pursued a course that has defined excellence.
                      Along the way, she has overcome challenges and defied the
                      odds. Her list of accomplishments is a true testament to her
                      passion, dedication and determination, and serves as a model
        Wto the people she has positively influenced along the way.

        Karen has been named the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award
        by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. She will be honored at
        the ATHENA Leadership Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 24 for her
        excellence in professional leadership throughout a career that has spanned more
        than 40 years, her tireless commitment that has made a lasting impact in the
        community service arena and her passionate support in mentoring other women.

        “When I look at the amazing women who have received this award, as well as the
        many others who wholeheartedly deserve it, being named the 2019 ATHENA
        recipient is both humbling and affirming,” said Grannemann. “The true reward
        has been working with amazing people to achieve meaningful outcomes, both   Highlights of Karen’s accomplishments at the U-Club include planning
        at the University Club and in service to our community. However, knowing that   and opening the Henry Center for Executive Development along with the
        my colleagues have noticed the efforts and appreciate the results is uplifting   U-Club’s fitness center, spa and child care facility; opening the Club’s new
        beyond description. It’s also a call to continue giving my all and I will certainly   member dining venues, Mixx and Mingle; and directing the construction
        do my best to earn the recognition as well as the trust with which it was given.”  of  a  new  pool.  Karen  also  helped  negotiate  and  execute  the  successful
                                                                                             merger of the U-Club with the City Club of Lansing.
        “Karen Grannemann is the epitome of what the                                         Bill Beekman, athletic  director, Michigan  State
        ATHENA Leadership Award is all about as a successful                                 University (MSU), has worked with Karen for more
        business leader, community servant, and mentor to                                    than a decade and currently serves as president of the
        other women,” said Tim Daman, president and CEO,                                     U-Club’s Board of Directors.  Beekman credits Karen
        Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Whatever                                      with nurturing a team of exceptional professionals
        role she has assumed in business and community                                       through the most daunting of circumstances.
        leadership, she has performed her responsibilities with
        passion, dedication and determination. She is most deserving of joining the   “In the tight financial times of the last decade, many clubs have closed or
        ranks of past ATHENA recipients in our region.”                    reorganized through bankruptcy,” said Beekman. “Under Karen’s leadership,
                                                                           the University Club is the only club that has remained solvent among the
        A PROFESSIONAL CAREER ON THE FRONT LINES OF CHANGE                 original four clubs in Lansing. The U-Club is not the only solvent, but
                                                                           despite challenging times, Karen has led the continued renovation of the
        During her 19 years with the Educational Institute of the American Hotel &   club, keeping it on par with the leading clubs of the Midwest.”
        Lodging Association, Karen was on the front lines of change as the organization
        grew 2600% in revenue and while staff expanded ten-fold. She drove countless   Karen also redefined the U-Club’s culture, instilling a series of values her
        new initiatives while serving in several different leadership roles.   team lives every day. They see the Club as being in the business of making
                                                                           connections, and the team places a high value on creating community. She
        Karen came to the MSU University Club (U-Club) in 1997 with the goal   is incredibly proud of what the U-Club has done in this area.
        to travel less, downsize her responsibilities and spend more time with
        her (then) young children. She began as director of membership, but was   “I want our team to live in a community that provides them with the
        quickly promoted to director of business operations, then chief operating   things they need and want out of life,” said Grannemann. “We’ve strived
        officer, and ultimately chief executive officer & general manager. She has   to make the Club a meaningful contributor to the community through
        been instrumental in creating and overseeing many significant changes and   our involvement in fundraisers and by providing active support to several
        dramatic growth at the U-Club.                                     non-profits.”

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