ATHENA Leadership Finalist: Amy Habib Rittling

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce the finalists who have been selected for the 2016 ATHENA® Awards. The awards are dedicated to promoting and honoring the valuable contributions being made to advance the status of women in the Buffalo Niagara region. The awards are given to individuals demonstrating support for the goals of women professionals, and providing significant and selfless assistance on their behalf.

Each week leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Tuesday, March 15th, we will be highlighting the finalists for the ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. Our first finalist profile is Amy Habib Rittling.


Amy Habib Rittling
Partner; Co-Practice Group Leader of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group; Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

Amy is a partner in the Buffalo law firm of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP. She concentrates her practice in employment and general business law and litigation.  Her employment law experience includes counseling and advising employers on all aspects of employment relationships and employment practices and policies. She also assists employers with self-audits and workplace investigations.

Career Highlights
Amy notes that a highlight of her career was being invited to apply for a position on President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council to advise on labor and employment issues.  She was one of two finalists.  While she was not selected, Amy says it was an incredible honor to be considered in the first instance and to have remained a competitive applicant.  “Walking down the driveway of the White House into the West Wing and walking down the steps of the Old Executive Office Building are memories I will not forget,” she says.

On Buffalo Niagara
Amy was born and raised in Western New York, but has traveled to many locations throughout the world, and for about 14 years resided outside of this region.  She notes that of all of the places she has visited and lived, the Buffalo Niagara region is her true home.  “There is a genuine warmth to our community and to the people who live here – we also live in an extraordinarily giving community,” Amy says.  “Working in the Buffalo Niagara region today is exciting.  You can feel the pulse of the region and the energy surrounding us.”

Best Piece of Career Advice She has Received
Be passionate about what you do and surround yourself with talented people with whom you enjoy working and spending time with!

About Being an ATHENA Leadership Finalist
“It is quite an honor to be named a finalist for the ATHENA Award and to be in such great company with prior finalists and honorees whom I very much admire and respect. I am proud to be a part of this process and readily acknowledge that I am part of it as a result of all of those who have mentored me since I was just a young girl.  I am a grateful beneficiary – and reflection – of many supportive, talented, and inspiring mentors.”

Interested in attending the ATHENA Luncheon on March 15th? Click here to register.