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ATHENA Awards®


31st Annual ATHENA Awards®

April 5, 2022 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. 

Thank you to the more than 400 attendees who celebrated with us in person!

Our 2022 ATHENA Award® Finalists:

2022 ATHENA Awards® Commemorative Album

Get to know our incredible ATHENA Awards® Finalists in the 2022 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 2022 Annual ATHENA Award® Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Finalist Sponsor

Official Accounting Sponsor

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Official Media Sponsor

Interested in sponsoring the 2023 ATHENA Awards® Luncheon?

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

ATHENA Awards® Executive Committee

Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Honorary Co-Chair

Trina Burruss
Chief Operating Officer | United Way

Lorrie Clemo
President | D’Youville College

Juweria Dahir
Executive Director | Entrepreneurship For All (eforall)

Rhonda Frederick
President and CEO | People, Inc.

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

Kelli Griffin
SVP, Head of Experience | Northwest Bank

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

Katie Krawczyk
CEO and Partner | 19 Ideas

Danielle Ossher
Creative Director | Buffalo Magazine

Mary Owusu
CEO & Head of Digital |

Teresa Sprague
Creative Services Manager | Independent Health

Sujata Yalamanchili
Partner | Hodgson Russ LLP