ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Finalist: Christina Pearl

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to the finalists who have been selected for the 2017 ATHENA® Awards. We will bring you profiles of each finalist in the weeks ahead, leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

So come back often and you’ll learn what it means to be an Athena. And be sure to save the date – March 30 – to attend the awards luncheon.

Interested in attending the ATHENA Luncheon on Thursday, March 30th? Click here to register.

Christina PearlChristina Pearl
Director of Corporate Communication
Horizon Health Services

As director of corporate communications at Horizon Health Services, Christina is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating specific marketing initiatives, public relations, communications, special events and fundraising. She works with local businesses, educational institutions, and other possible referral sources to educate about the agency’s mission and services it provides to increase agency visibility and awareness.

First Job Out of School

Christina’s first job out of school was at Enterprise Rent-a-Car where she was accepted in and participated in their management trainee program. She worked there while in undergrad and was then hired after graduation full time.

Career Highlights

Christina notes that she created her position at Horizon and continues to work on developing it each year. She sat on Horizon’s board of directors in 2008-2010, and has been asked to speak at a few events in Buffalo as a Key Note Speaker, as well as at her former high school to the DECA induction.

On Buffalo Niagara

 “Ever since I moved back to Buffalo in 2006, I have lived in the city and have never looked back. The energy in our WNY region is incredible. The people of Buffalo are just great, like they say we are the city of good neighbors and that is so true. Everyone has this “Buffalo sparkle” in their eye and it’s contagious. The support I have received from networking in this city and the relationships I have been fortunate to create are why I never want to leave Buffalo.”

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

Integrity is worth more than money. Cultivate personal and professional relationships with respect toward others. Being ethical and honest with yourself and others will always make you proud of the work you do. Nothing is possible personally or professionally without trust. Integrity is everything!

 About Being an Athena Finalist

“This nomination means more than I can put in to words. For as long as I can remember I have admired the women nominated every year for this honor and looked forward to hearing who they were, learning about what they do and then challenging myself to be able to do more and give back more. To be considered for this honor among the women who have been named in this category is something I will always remember and be so proud of. This nomination has given me the incentive to work even harder, to do more, to give more and to never stop believing that I can achieve anything as a woman in my community. I am truly honored.”