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2023 ATHENA Awards®


32nd Annual ATHENA Awards®

March 29, 2023 from 11 AM - 1:30 PM at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

Since 1989, the BNP has been honored to produce the annual ATHENA Awards® Luncheon, at which finalists for the ATHENA Leadership Award®, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®, and the ATHENA Organizational Award® are celebrated.  Recipients of each award are selected by secret ballot and announced LIVE at the event. 

Our 2023 ATHENA Award® Finalists:

2023 ATHENA Awards® Commemorative Album

This year's commemorative album will be available on March 29.



View the 2022 ATHENA Awards®
Commemorative Album

About the ATHENA Awards®

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area representative for ATHENA International, a nonprofit that seeks to support, develop, and honor women leaders. The ATHENA Awards® are celebrated around the world in more than 500 communities and 8 countries.

The Annual Luncheon brings the individual and organizational finalists together with the community for networking and a celebratory Awards presentation!

Thank You to our 2023 Annual ATHENA Award® Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Finalist Sponsor

Official Accounting Sponsor

LM logo final

Official Media Sponsor

Event Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the 2023 ATHENA Awards® Luncheon?

Contact: Liz Benkovich, Vice President, Member Engagement & Development  |  716-868-6866

ATHENA Awards® Executive Committee

Trina Burruss
President/CEO | United Way

Lorrie Clemo
President | D’Youville University

Juweria Dahir
Director, Innovation Community  |
Adjunct Professor, Business & Entrepreneurship at Daemen University

Rhonda Frederick
President and CEO | People, Inc.

Melissa Free
SVP & Chief Marketing Officer | Seneca Resorts & Casinos

Rachael Ireland
Social Impact & Community Engagement Specialist | Rich Products Corporation

Danielle Ossher
Creative Director | Buffalo Magazine

Mary Owusu
CEO & Head of Digital |

Teresa Sprague
Creative Services Manager | Independent Health

Vilona Trachtenberg
Distribution Coordinator |  New Era Cap Company

Elizabeth Woike-Ganga
President/CEO | BestSelf Behavioral Health

Sujata Yalamanchili
Partner | Hodgson Russ LLP