ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Finalist: Bridget E. Niland

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce the finalists who have been selected for the 2016 ATHENA® Awards. The awards are dedicated to promoting and honoring the valuable contributions being made to advance the status of women in the Buffalo Niagara region. The awards are given to individuals demonstrating support for the goals of women professionals, and providing significant and selfless assistance on their behalf.

Each week leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Tuesday, March 15th, we will be highlighting the finalists for the ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®.


Bridget Niland
Director of Athletics
Daemen College

Bridget Niland is Director of Athletics, a position she has held since 2014. A member of the Daemen faculty since 2006, Bridget has served the college as an Associate Professor in the Business Administration Department where she oversees the Sport Management specialization and business law curriculum. Prior to joining the Daemen faculty, Niland served as an Associate Director of Academic and Membership Affairs at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.

Career Highlights
Bridget points to working with the students and student-athletes at Daemen as the best part of her career. In her role, she helps student-athletes have a greater voice in the NCAA process and has helped Daemen and other schools become NCAA member schools bringing additional opportunities to their student-athletes.

On Buffalo Niagara
A Buffalo area native, Bridget lives in Amherst with her husband and children. Bridget believes the very best thing about living and working in Buffalo are the people! “I have lived in other large cities and while those cities have a lot to offer, they all lacked the warm and witty people of WNY,” Bridget says. “The lack of pretentiousness is simply fabulous in this city…I hope it never changes.”

Best Piece of Career Advice She has Received
Life is long…pace yourself and know that sometimes it will move too fast and sometimes too slow but either way you have to keep-up.

About Being an ATHENA Young Professional Finalist
“It is a huge honor because I think it is incredibly important to support other women and help those younger than me navigate what can be a really tough road. I think this award program highlights what women are doing in WNY and helps motivate those who may think that they can’t do something. Hopefully it will also spark discussions between women as to how we can better support each other and what we are trying to accomplish in this region.”

Interested in attending the ATHENA Luncheon on March 15th? Click here to register.


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