Skip to content

Back to Our Blog

Introducing Stephanie Peete, finalist for the 2023 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

Blog Categories

The Partnership

March 1, 2023

For more than 30 years, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has been honored to produce the ATHENA Awards® to support, develop, and honor women leaders in Western New York.

The BNP is pleased to introduce you to the finalists who have been selected for the 2023 ATHENA honors. This includes the ATHENA Leadership Award®, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®, and the ATHENA Organizational Award®, which recognizes one for-profit organization and one non-profit organization that inspire women in WNY.

We're highlighting each finalist in the weeks ahead, leading up to the Awards Luncheon. Come back often to read the profiles and you’ll learn what it means to be an ATHENA!

Celebrate all of our finalists and see the recipients announced LIVE on March 29, 2023 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to 1 of 10 finalists in the ATHENA Leadership Award® category - Young Professional

Meet ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® Finalist: Stephanie Peete

As the Director of Workforce Development, Stephanie Peete leads all Say Yes Buffalo workforce programming including paid internships and modern youth apprenticeships. She has been with Say Yes for over eight years and has over ten years of experience in nonprofit leadership and child welfare case management. 

Stephanie works strategically and collaboratively at the intersection of workforce development and racial equity, creating talent pipelines for Black and brown young professionals and advocating for inclusive workplaces in the Greater Buffalo region.

She is also co-owner of Second Chapter Bookstore, a Black-owned small business in Buffalo created to cultivate joy, community, and shared learning while centering the Black experience. Stephanie is a Say Yes Buffalo mentor, board vice president for Theatre of Youth, an advisory board member for Women United, and co-chair of the Women of Color Summit. 

We asked Stephanie a series of questions to get to know her better.

First Job  

Stephanie’s first job was as a summer camp counselor at the George K. Arthur Community Center. 

Career Highlights 

In 2021 Stephanie received the Liberty Bell Award from the Bar Association of Erie County and in 2022 she was a Buffalo Business First IDEA Award recipient. 

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career   

"Someone has to go first." - David Rust 

Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace. 

Take up space and build community. You'll need wise, supportive, and bold women in your professional and personal networks who will love on you, give you advice, be your sounding board, loop you into opportunities, and hold you accountable. 

About Being an Athena Finalist 

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have so much passion for what I do and it's humbling to be recognized for it at this level.” 

On Buffalo Niagara 

Aside from my family living here, Buffalo Niagara's culinary and theatre scenes are fantastic. There's so much to do here.” 

Favorite Spot in Buffalo.  

I’ve always been a fan of Delaware Park 

Added Insights 

  • Guilty Pleasure: Really nice handbags 
  • Superpower: I invite people to have difficult conversations about race/ism, systemic inequity, and anti-Blackness in a way that builds deep and impactful relationships. 
  • My Friends Describe Me As: Hard working, loyal, creative, smart, caring, honest, and loving. 
  • If I Could Swap Lives with Someone for a Day, I’d choose: No one. I love the life that I'm creating. 

Attend the ATHENA Awards® Luncheon

The ATHENA Awards® Luncheon is the region’s most prestigious event recognizing the professional accomplishments of exceptional individuals who are dedicated to the advancement of women. Be there when the recipients are announced:

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

Related Posts

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Announces 2022 ATHENA Organizational Award® Finalists 

By | March 21, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to announced the Organizational Award Finalists for the 31st Annual ATHENA Awards.

Introducing Minority-Owned Business Initiative Participant: Strickly Business Safety Solutions, LLC

By | March 3, 2022

Darrin Strickland is the founder and CEO of Strickly Business Safety Solutions, LLC, a Buffalo-based company providing health and safety preparedness programs and services to clients across New York State. From authorized and certified CPR/AED training and workplace emergency preparedness, to defensive driving courses and babysitter certification, Strickland and his staff help businesses, schools, and individuals be safe and be ready in critical situations.

Introducing Minority-Owned Business Initiative Participant: Kiper Moving and Transportation

By | February 22, 2022

Deidre Batson Griggs is president of Kiper Moving and Transportation, a company she founded with her husband Dante that offers a full range of residential and commercial moving services, including long-distance and international moving.