The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to the finalists who have been selected for the 2017 ATHENA® Awards. We will bring you profiles of each finalist in the weeks ahead, leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
So come back often and you’ll learn what it means to be an Athena. And be sure to save the date – March 30 – to attend the awards luncheon.
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Tayrin Tapia founded Dear Tayrin Inc., an organization she established to raise awareness and inform on sexual abuse while empowering those victimized throughout the Western New York area and abroad by providing awareness events and support groups. She also works as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Community Development at Evergreen Health in Buffalo, a nonprofit, multi-agency service group providing medical, pharmacy, housing, mental health, nutrition, transportation and syringe exchange services, as well as health education, health promotion and disease-specific prevention programs.
First Job Out of School
In her first job out of school, Tayrin worked as a Debt Recovery Specialist for Great Lakes Bureau.
Tayrin notes one of the first highlights of her career was when a 14-year-old girl told her during a workshop “Thank You for all that you are doing” with tears in her eyes. It was the first time the girl understood why her mom was so overprotective of her and her sister. The second highlight was meeting a young girl named Ally online from Oklahoma after she told Tayrin her story of being sexually assaulted. Since then, she and Tayrin have built a relationship and they hope one day to meet in person.
On Buffalo Niagara
“I enjoy living in the Buffalo Niagara Region because it is community based and family oriented. I grew up in NYC until the age of 12. This has led me to appreciate a small home town type of city.”
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you are not capable. […] If you put your mind to it and if it falls right in line with your passion, push forward and break through barriers to achieve your dreams.
About Being an Athena Finalist
“I am extremely honored, grateful and humbled to be one of the Athena Award finalists. To all of those who were nominated: Thank you! Without you and your team, many women would not feel capable of dreaming bigger or staying on their course. We empower to encourage and inspire. Keep your eyes on your end result. Dreams can become your reality.”