Chelsea Hulina, Athena Award Nominee as a Young Professional

Posted: Friday, January 25th 2013 at 6:30 AM

Chelsea Hulina, a current FCB-Business Division student, shared with us yesterday* that she is a 2012 nominee for the Athena Young Professional Award. The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce will be making that announcement today, January 25, 2013.

NAU showcased Chelsea in a profile, Bringing Business into the Classroom (HERE) a couple of years back, but we've been tracking her progress through the college and through life since she entered her major(s). After reading her nomination bio, we recognize, once again, what an astounding person she is, not just as a student, but as a woman with goals that extend beyond personal gain into humanitarian efforts. I can only wonder where she gets all her energy and how she fits it all into a day. Although to see her whisk by in the halls, you can feel that energy in motion and just appreciate her for all she has to give.

We wish her well today as a possible Athena awardee, but know that she earns the recognition whether or not it becomes formal.

Chelsea's e-mail that accompanied the Chamber's nomination announcement


I am happy to share with all of you. Near or far you all have an influence on the woman I am today, and each of you has served as a role model in my life. You are an inspiration to my dedication to be a role model to young women (and gentlemen) professionally and personally. Thank you for supporting my education as a student of life and in the classroom, and thank you for making a difference in my life and in the lives of others.

Chelsea Hulina"

Chamber's bio on Chelsea for the Athena nomination

Chelsea Desiree Hulina, the owner/operator of the Steel City Deli and Grill, the student-run deli at Coconino Community College, is still a college student herself, poised to earn three undergraduate degrees from The W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University this spring [2013].

One of her major goals at Steel City is to provide real-world working and leadership opportunities to the student populations at NAU and CCC who work with her. She sponsors an intern each semester from the FCB to learn and work under her tutelage.

The community service projects Chelsea has sponsored or participated in - either in her own capacity or through Steel City - include: collecting and matching donations for Arizona Children’s Association, providing food services for events for Flagstaff Shelter Services, and a campaign in Tijuana, Mexico to help families spay or neuter their animals free of charge. She has also volunteered herself and her business for the Annual Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, Annual Palette2Palette Arts Fundraiser, and Annual Deaf Expo held at Coconino Community College.

Chelsea’s mentoring and leadership skills were developed early on. During childhood she encountered domestic violence at home, however she took responsibility to recognize the problem and circumstances she faced and volunteered herself into foster care. During the three years spent in foster care Chelsea developed an understanding for the importance of transforming suffering into a creative force through mentoring and serving humanity. 

Chelsea has been a Dean’s List Recipient from 2008-2012. She is a member of the Horatio Alger Association, the National Association of Professional Women and the American Marketing Association. Chelsea will pursue graduate school this fall as a recipient of the Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholarship, following a summer fellowship with Humanity in Action.

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