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Frances Griggs recognized with ATHENA Leadership Award by SC Chamber

Frances Griggs, AgFirst’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, received the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award during the S.C. Chamber of Commerce’s March 7 Women’s Leadership Symposium in Columbia. 

The ATHENA Award recognizes women who demonstrate leadership, business excellence, community support and mentorship of other women. More than 6,700 women in over 500 communities around the world have received the award since it was established in 1982 in Lansing, Mich., by ATHENA International Founder Martha Mertz. Past award recipients include Condoleezza Rice, Billie Jean King, Pat Summit and Gabby Giffords. 


“In addition to her demonstrated success as a corporate leader, Frances Griggs has mentored and empowered numerous women to achieve their own goals and has tirelessly given back to her community through her volunteer leadership,” said Chamber President and CEO Bob Morgan. “She is an incredibly deserving recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award, and we were thrilled to recognize her for her accomplishments at our annual Women’s Leadership Symposium.” 

Griggs is deeply committed to supporting and giving back to her community. Her dedication is evident in her long-standing involvement with the Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, for which she has devoted her time, energy and expertise for many years. Starting as a Brownie, Frances progressed to become a volunteer, co-led a troop and eventually served on the organization’s board. As board chair, she drove engagement, guided strategic objectives and spearheaded initiatives to instill courage, confidence and character in girls. 

Griggs’ advocacy and mentorship for women extend beyond her work with the Girl Scouts to her interactions with her AgFirst team and colleagues. 

“I aim to be approachable and supportive in my personal and professional life so that others feel comfortable seeking advice and learning from my experiences,” she said. “It is a privilege when people are facing challenges I have encountered, and the strategies I have employed could be beneficial to them on their journey.” 

In addition to her contributions to the Girl Scouts, Griggs is actively involved in enhancing the quality of life for other Midlands-area residents. Her community engagement also extends to United Way and its Women in Philanthropy group, the S.C. Women Lawyers Association and the S.C. Bar. 

AgFirst takes pride in Griggs’ use of her experience and skills to uplift others, support her colleagues and inspire the next generation of women. Her leadership is a driving force for good in our community.

Frances Griggs receives ATHENA Leadership Award