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2023 ATHENA Awards® Organizational Non-Profit Finalists

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The 2023 Organizational Non-Profit Finalists

ATHENA Organizational Non-Profit Award®

The ATHENA Organizational Award® - Non-Profit recognizes a non-profit organization that supports, develops, and honors women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential and creating balance in leadership throughout Buffalo Niagara.

Take a moment to meet this year's finalists.

Learn more in their video interview:

ATHENA Award® Selection Process

  • All nomination applications were reviewed by the ATHENA Executive Committee after January 31, 2023. The committee will vote on the top 10 nominees for the individual awards and the top 5 for the organizational awards.  This will result in the finalist selections.   
  • Finalists were notified in early February 2023 with details regarding important dates and deadlines, photo shoot opportunities, and details.

Prior to the event, the ATHENA Executive Committee will review the finalists' forms and will grade the applications based on the criteria outlined. No one, including BNP staff and the ATHENA Executive Committee, will be made aware of the ATHENA Award recipients. All graded finalist applications will be sent directly to the official accounting firm of ATHENA and the recipients will be announced live at the March 29, 2023 event!

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!

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

Thank You to our 2023 Annual ATHENA Award® Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Finalist Sponsor

Official Accounting Sponsor

Official Media Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor