2018 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Finalist: Nadine Powell Hartrich

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

Nadine HartrichNadine Powell Hartrich
Operations Manager
Buffalo Manufacturing Works

Nadine Powell Hartrich is the operations manager for Buffalo Manufacturing Works, the New York operations of EWI, a world leader in developing and deploying new technologies that enable companies to bridge the gap between R&D and manufacturing implementation.

Buffalo Manufacturing Works provides access to a wide range of resources related to advanced manufacturing. Nadine is responsible for helping the company president run the operational side of the business, as well as engineering management and serving as head of facilities in Buffalo.

Nadine gives back to the community through many volunteer activities including serving on the Foundry Board of Directors, and the Girls Education Collaborative (GEC) Ambassadors Council. She has also volunteered with the Hudson Street Revitalization, SPCA Paws of Love Program, SPCA Educational Barn, and the Community Foundation for a Greater Buffalo 21st Century Fund.

First Job Out of School

Nadine’s first job was at Old McDonald’s Farm. Founded in 1986, this working farm was/is designed to educate with hands-on experiences with farm animals/family farming, located in Sackets Harbor, New York.

Career Highlights

As a manager of 14 technicians, engineers, technologists and subject matter experts, Nadine notes that she is most proud of earning the respect and trust of her team. As a non-engineer, she says she is a non-traditional choice to lead the technical teams at Buffalo Manufacturing Works, that makes the relationships she has built even more meaningful.

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

Be kind (no matter what). Work hard (every day). Stay humble (always).

About Being an Athena Finalist

“It’s an absolute honor to be recognized not only for my professional accomplishments but my commitment to ‘bringing people with me’ and desire to ‘leave a trail.’”

On Buffalo Niagara

“Buffalo is a big enough city to have everything I want (a delicious, always evolving food scene, a great airport to get you wherever you need to go, a vibrant theater district, friendly, wonderful people; 4 seasons with indoor/outdoor sports for each season, Toronto!) but still small enough that 1 person can become a force multiplier and achieve true impact.”

Added Insights

Guilty Pleasure: Ordering a slice of homemade coconut cake to-go from Bellini’s Restaurant and enjoying while watching an episode of Bravo’s Top Chef or HGTV’s Fixer Upper

Superpower: To be able to roll out of bed and be instantly ready for the day

Personal Description: A duck… I strive to look calm and composed but I’m always paddling furiously

Most Likely To: Find dessert wherever I am (a new city, airport terminal between flights etc.)

Best At: Learning on the fly. I’ve built a career grounded in taking on new and often unknown challenges, and then working to gain competence, confidence and a level of expertise.


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