The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to the finalists who have been selected for the 2018 ATHENA® Awards. The awards recognize contributions made by individuals to advance the status of women in the Buffalo Niagara region.
We will bring you profiles of each finalist in the weeks ahead, leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
So come back often and learn what it means to be an Athena. And be sure to save the date – June 5 – to attend the awards luncheon.
Meet This Week’s Athena Finalist:
Partner & President
Katie Krawczyk is partner and president of 19 IDEAS, a New York State Woman-Owned Business in Buffalo offering a full range of marketing and communications services and expertise. Katie started the company with one employee – herself – and grew the business into a full-service agency for marketing, public relations, design, and web and software development.
A Leadership Buffalo graduate, Katie’s numerous board memberships throughout her career include Persistence Preparatory Academy (she is a founding board member of this new K-8 charter school coming to Buffalo’s East Side); the Eric Wood Fund; International Institute of Buffalo; Women’s Business Center at Canisius College; and Hasek’s Heroes. She has also been involved in many community events including Startup Weekend Buffalo and Social Media Day Buffalo.
First Job Out of School
Katie says she was a friendly McKinley Mall information booth representative during high school.
One particular moment in Katie’s career she says stands out holds a lot of meaning for her. She worked with The New York Times business desk for 18 months in an attempt to get them to write about 43North and the broader startup ecosystem being built in Buffalo.
The months of engagement with the Times paid off, and they sent a reporter to cover 43North finals in 2015. That led to a full-page story running in the print edition plus an additional online photo gallery. That story, in part, led to Katie Couric’s decision to include Buffalo – and specifically 43North – as one of six cities she featured in her “Rebuilding America” series with Yahoo!
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career
When it’s right, it happens quickly. Offered by a former boss in Washington D.C.
About Being an Athena Finalist
“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized in this way. My career is extremely important to me. I knew I wanted to make a difference in whatever my chosen profession was, and I knew I wanted to be a positive and influential figure for those around me. This is a humbling recognition for the dedication I’ve had to my career and to myself as a professional woman. What’s more, being recognized for my work among not only my peers, but those I admire and look to for inspiration is an esteemed recognition that I am honored by.”
On Buffalo Niagara
“I have come to know and love Buffalo in ways much different than what I can recall from childhood. Falling in love with a city I thought I knew but didn’t really discover until I left for 10 years and came back was a joyous surprise. Buffalo is ripe with opportunity. I often say to people that what you give to Buffalo, you get back ten-fold. For me, there is no better place to not only grow my career in ways I never thought possible, but to reap rewards I couldn’t have imagined.”
Guilty Pleasure: Desserts! Also, Netflix.
Superpower: Parallel parking. I can parallel park any car, under any weather conditions.
Personal Description: Driven, yet compassionate.
Most Likely To: Promote my dog on Instagram.
Best At: According to my husband, who is also my business partner, “[I] don’t miss stuff… [I am] a stickler for details and catch everything.”