Introducing Gail Tylec, finalist for the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award

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 Leadership Award® Finalist

Gail Tylec
Professor and Director, Faculty Resource Center for Academic Excellence
Niagara County Community College

Gail Tylec is director of the Faculty Resource for Academic Excellence at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and a professor at the college. She has served as coordinator of the Physical Education Studies, Teacher Education Program, and in 2018 was appointed the interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. In that role, Gail was responsible for the development, implementation, oversight, and assessment of all credit and non-credit academic programs.

Gail has worked at Niagara County Community College for 30 years and, as a senior faculty member, serves as a mentor to both students and faculty alike. Most recently, she served as the chairperson of the Science, Health, and Mathematics Division and the Physical Education Studies Program Coordinator. Gail is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the recipient of the NCCC Distinguished Alumni Award.

Gail’s many volunteer activities include serving as a 14-year facilitator of the Western New York Girls in Sports Volleyball Station. She is also co-founder and former Director of the Niagara Frontier Jr. Olympic Volleyball Club. In 2018, Gail received a Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy grant for a girl’s volleyball pilot program that impacted 75 girls ages 12 and under from the Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda School Districts. Other volunteer work includes serving on multiple advisory boards for North Tonawanda Schools.

First Job

In her first job at age 16, Gail was hired as a seasonal secretary for the North Tonawanda Recreation Department. (She notes that she told the interviewer she was able to type. When she was hired, she had to go home and practice for a week to become competent in the skill!)

Career Highlights

Gail’s long career is filled with many highlights. However, she says being asked to serve as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at NCCC is at the top. She notes that the position was extremely challenging but provided her with an opportunity to develop a number of initiatives that improved the student journey.

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

“Travel through life lightly.”

Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace

“Do not allow negative individuals to take up any of your mental rent. The real estate is too valuable.”

About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist

“The honor is significant. This award specifically recognizes the efforts of female leaders in the community who serve as mentors for other emerging women of vision and purpose. To be included in the company of the class of 2019 finalists is humbling.”

On Buffalo Niagara

“I love the people in Western New York. The Buffalo region is currently experiencing a resurgence that allows for increased cultural and recreational opportunities. It’s an exciting time of growth for our community.”

Favorite Spot in Buffalo

“Any of the new coffee shops that are popping up downtown. ”

Lightning Round: Added Insights
  • Guilty Pleasure: “Watching sports.”
  • My Superpower: “Human mind map.”
  • Best Describes Me: “High energy, organized and a planner.”
  • Most Likely To: “Drop everything for a challenging game of trivial pursuit.”
  • Best At: “Organizational planning.”


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

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