24th Annual Athena Awards Finalists Announced


24th Annual Athena Awards Finalists Announced

Recipients declared at November 8, 2013 luncheon

BUFFALO–The Buffalo Niagara Partnership will present the 24th Annual ATHENA Awards® Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2013, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, with title sponsor First Niagara Bank.  The recipients of the awards will be individuals in the Buffalo Niagara region who demonstrate support for the goals of female professionals, and provide significant and selfless assistance on their behalf.

“The Partnership has participated in the international ATHENA Awards Program since 1989, recognizing individuals in Buffalo Niagara who go above and beyond in their leadership and support of women professionals,” said Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “We are excited to announce this year’s 10 finalists, who represent the depth and talent we have in our region.”

2013 Athena Leadership Award® finalists:

Mary Ann Coulson
Senior Vice President/Branch Manager
Morgan Stanley

Lynne Marie Finn
President & CEO
Superior Workforce Solutions, Inc.

Katherine Lucas
Executive Producer

Guerrilla Video Solutions

Richanne Mankey, Ed.D.

VP for Student Affairs & Dean of Students/Interim VP of Institutional Advancement
Daemen College
Myrna Young
Executive Director/CEO
Everywoman Opportunity Center, Inc.

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2013 Athena Young Professional Leadership Award® finalists:

Olivia Belter
Community Affairs Director
Univera Healthcare
Candace M. Cooke
Global Supply Chain Industrial Engineer
General Motors Tonawanda Engine
Anne E. Joynt, Esq.
Associate Litigation Attorney
Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC
Britney McClain
Cultures of Giving Legacy Initiative Director
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Bridget M. O’Connell, J.D. M.S.W.
Mediation Manager for the 8th Judicial District Martin P. Violante ADR Program
Child & Family Services

The title sponsor of this year’s awards luncheon is First Niagara Bank, joined by presenting sponsors Guerrilla Video Solutions and Tops Markets LLC.

More information can be found at www.thepartnership.org/eventscalendar. Tickets are $60 each.  Please contact Sara Schumacher at 716.541.1720 for information on sponsorships.

About the Athena Award program
The ATHENA Award® Program, provided by ATHENA International, is dedicated locally to promoting and honoring the valuable contributions being made to advance the status of women in the Buffalo Niagara Region..

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening.

For Press Inquiries, Please Contact Grant Loomis, Vice President, Government Affairs at gloomis@thepartnership.org or 716-541-1736