The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to the finalists for the 2019 ATHENA Awards,® which recognize contributions made by individuals to advance the status of women in the Buffalo Niagara region.
We’ll profile each finalist in the weeks leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Tuesday, June 4, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Check back every Wednesday to meet these exceptional women and learn more about their important work in the Buffalo Niagara region.
And if you’d like to attend the ATHENA Awards® Luncheon, the region’s most prestigious event dedicated to the professional accomplishments of those who work to advance women, you can get tickets here.
Meet This Week’s ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® Finalist
Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC
Anne Joynt is a junior partner with Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, a law firm in Buffalo where she represents people who have suffered injuries as a result of exposure to asbestos, as well as those affected by childhood lead poisoning, motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and defective products. An experienced appellate attorney, litigator, and trial attorney, Anne has been with the law firm for 14 years.
Anne has received numerous awards and recognition including being named Woman Lawyer of the Year by Women Lawyers of Western New York. She recently served as president of the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association, a statewide organization with 20 member chapters dedicated to the advancement of women in the law and in society.
Anne is currently secretary of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York Foundation, Inc., which provides financial assistance to minority students interested in pursuing a career in the law, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. She also currently serves as the assistant secretary to the University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association and has served on that Board of Directors since 2013.
When Anne was in high school, she worked as a sales associate at Blissett’s, a small boutique in her hometown of Medina, New York, specializing in children’s clothes, as well as special occasion dresses and bridal gowns.
Anne says the greatest highlights of her career are the opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of hundreds of families through her work, whether that is through litigation or trial.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career
“Never expect the boys to wait for you.” (As a young girl, Anne took swimming lessons and advanced up to a class where she was the only girl. She complained to her dad that the boys didn’t wait for her to catch up. This was his advice to her.)
Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace
“Remember that being a woman is an asset and a strength, not a weakness. It is important for women just beginning their careers to learn to trust their instincts and to advocate for themselves while nurturing and promoting the team around them.”
About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist
“I am so flattered to be considered for this honor. The list of past winners is a veritable who’s who of women who have attained the height of professional achievement while reaching their hands back to pull others up as they climb. That I was nominated by the Women’s Bar Association, an organization that has been so integral to my own growth as a professional and so important to me as a community, means more to me than I can say.”
On Buffalo Niagara
“In my experience, the people here are friendly and down-to earth, and the development that has taken place over the past decade has ushered in such a huge transformation. I cannot wait to see what wonderful things will happen in our region next!”
Favorite Spot in Buffalo
“Canalside, particularly when I am ice skating there with my nephew in the winter or kayaking with friends by the grain elevators in the summer.”
Lightning Round: Added Insights
- Guilty Pleasure: “Peanut butter.”
- My Superpower: “I think I am generally good at navigating social situations appropriately and with humor.”
- Best Describes Me: “Collaborative, level-headed, and inventive.”
- Most Likely To: “Befriend a total stranger.”
- Best At: “Doing the work necessary to attain the desired result.”
Attend the ATHENA Awards® Luncheon
The ATHENA Awards® Luncheon is the region’s most prestigious event recognizing the professional accomplishments of exceptional individuals who are dedicated to the advancement of women. Be there when the winners are announced.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street | Buffalo, NY 14202