Buffalo Niagara Partnership Names 2019 ATHENA Award® Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2019

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Names 2019 ATHENA Award® Recipients

BUFFALO, N.Y.—The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce and the area representative for ATHENA International, today announced JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), as the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award®. The Partnership also announced Katie Krawczyk, a partner and the CEO of 19 IDEAS, as the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®.

The ATHENA Awards® recognize contributions made by women leaders to advance the status of women throughout the Buffalo Niagara region. The Partnership named the 2019 award recipients at a luncheon and ceremony attended by more than 600 people at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

“There is an incredible depth of professional talent and leadership in the Buffalo Niagara community,” said Dottie Gallagher, the President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “This year’s honorees and finalists are accomplished, inspirational women leaders whose work is advancing the Buffalo Niagara region and helping to develop our next generation of successful leaders.”

Upon her appointment as the BPO’s music director, Falletta became the first female conductor to lead a major American ensemble. The BPO’s 2019-20 season marks Falletta’s 20th as music director. She has been credited with bringing the BPO to a new level of national and international prominence and has guest conducted more than 100 orchestras in North America and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. Falletta is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has served as a Member of the National Council on the Arts.

“This means a great deal to me,” Falletta said of being named an ATHENA Award® recipient. “To me, it represents a belief in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the power of music. It validates the importance of the arts in all of our lives.”

The ATHENA Leadership Award® honors exceptional individuals who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist others—particularly women—in realizing their full leadership potential.

The 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists were: Teresa Bair, Senior Vice President, Administration & Legal Affairs, Athenex, Inc.; Bridget Bartolone, CEO, Person Centered Services; Kristin Klein Wheaton, Partner, Goldberg Segalla; Marnie LaVigne, President & CEO, LaunchNY; Nora McGuire, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Independent Health; Tamara Owen, President, Olmsted Center for Sight; Susan Roney, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP; Rupa Shanmugam, President & CEO, SoPark Corporation; and Gail Tylec, Professor, Niagara County Community College.

Krawczyk is a partner and the CEO of 19 IDEAS, a New York State Woman-Owned Business in Buffalo offering a full range of marketing and communications services and expertise. Krawczyk launched the company and has grown it into a premier, full-service agency for marketing, public relations, design, and web and software development. The company celebrated its eighth anniversary in May 2019.

Krawczyk’s board memberships and volunteerism include work with organizations such as the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Pay Equity Roundtable Discussion & Action Series; The Richardson Center Corporation; Persistence Preparatory Academy; the Eric Wood Fund; International Institute of Buffalo; Women’s Business Center at Canisius College; and Hasek’s Heroes.

“I am humbled to be recognized among so many accomplished women professionals,” Krawczyk said. “The ATHENA Award acknowledges courage, bravery, perseverance and strength in the workplace. I can think of no better occasion to come together as a community to lift one another up and to boldly be our truest, most authentic selves. Thank you for this esteemed honor.”

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® honors emerging leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, contribute time and energy to improving the quality of life for others, and serve as role models for young women personally and professionally. Nominees must be under the age of 40.

The 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® finalists were: Esther Annan, Program Director, Say Yes to Education Buffalo; Kara Burke, Vice President Innovation & Growth, Rich Products; Emily Burns Perryman, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Trocaire College; Anna-Lesa Calvert, Executive Director, Algonquin Sports for Kids, Inc.; Amanda Coniglio, President & Owner, Cavalry Safety & Security Services; Anne Joynt, Junior Partner, Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC; Jenna Koch, Human Resources Business Partner, Catholic Health and President, City of Tonawanda Common Council; Lori Overdorf, Director of Development & Youth Services, Valley Community Association; and Katie Rozsa, Senior Manager, Audit, KPMG.

The Partnership is the area representative for ATHENA International, a nonprofit that seeks to support, develop, and honor women leaders. For a full list of past recipients and 2019 Steering Committee members, visit thepartnership.org/athena.

The Partnership’s ATHENA Awards® luncheon was presented by Northwest Bank. Other supporters included event sponsors Houghton College and Seneca Resorts & Casinos; pre-luncheon networking sponsor Harter Secrest & Emery LLP; official media sponsor Buffalo Magazine; official accounting firm sponsor Lumsden McCormick LLP; video production sponsor Buffalo Video Production; television sponsor WKBW; and supporting sponsors Heather Bellini Photography LLC, National Fuel, National Grid, Performance Management Partners Inc., and St. Bonaventure University.

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ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
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.
Learn more at thepartnership.org.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
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