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
President & CEO
Person Centered Services
Bridget Bartolone is the president and chief executive officer of Person Centered Services, a Care Coordination Organization serving more than 17,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 21 counties of New York State. Bridget has worked in various sectors of the health and human service field over the last 25 years.
Today, her company’s mission is to connect people to the care, support, and opportunities that maximize their quality of life. Person Centered Services has aligned with two other Care Coordination Organizations in New York State to form a new company: TriaDD, LLC. TriaDD, formed in January 2019, will be the umbrella organization that will form a brand-new Provider Led Managed Care Organization that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It will ultimately cover over 65,000 people across the entire state.
In addition to helping people in her career, Bridget gives back in numerous ways including serving on the Millennium Board of Managers, the Nichols School Board of Trustees, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce Board, and the UNYTS Board of Directors. She also serves as a board member for Office for People with Developmental Disabilities & the Department of Health Joint Advisory Council.
Bridget started babysitting for neighbors when she was in 4th or 5th grade. Ever since she started babysitting, she has always had a job or volunteered her time for others.
Bridget says she has worked in various sectors of the health and human service field over the last 25 years, and by far, serving individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is the most rewarding – and the most complex. She adds that of all of the accomplishments she realized in 2018 to effectively launch Person Centered Services, she is most proud of the incredible team of talented people who have chosen to work at her company.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career
“A career is a marathon, not a sprint, so take time to learn, listen, anticipate, and most importantly, reflect along the way.”
Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace
“Find your passion—an outlet—outside of your professional life. You have to ‘recharge’ your heart and your mind so that you can be the best you can be at work, and also at home. Go for a run, volunteer with a place that interests you, take a flower arranging class, read a good book—whatever it is, have interests outside of work so that you don’t measure your happiness and worth by the successes or failures of your professional life.”
About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist
“I am incredibly humbled to be recognized as a finalist for this very special award. There are so many accomplished women in our community who are worthy of this recognition, so to be selected as a finalist is an honor to be considered a finalist for the ATHENA Award is beyond anything that I ever dreamed of accomplishing!”
On Buffalo Niagara
“The City of Buffalo is undergoing a renaissance and it is very exciting to be a part of the energy in this phase of our great community. From my office at the corner of Delaware and Allen, I can look out my window and see the Jacobs School of Medicine and the sprawling medical campus. We can walk to countless restaurants for lunch or happy hour. We can access multiple highways in only a few minutes. Where else can you make this happen, besides in Buffalo, NY?”
Favorite Spot in Buffalo
“Without hesitation, I can say Delaware Park and Ring Road. Delaware Park has been my friend since I was a young girl. I have run or walked Ring Road probably a million times! I am grateful to the Buffalo Olmstead Park Conversancy for the love and care given to our entire Park system, but especially Delaware Park. It holds a special place in my heart.”
Lightning Round: Added Insights
- Guilty Pleasure: “Chocolate.”
- My Superpower: “Juggling (but not literally!)”
- Best Describes Me: “Visionary and collaborator.”
- Most Likely To: “Empower the people around me to produce excellent results, while leading by example.”
- Best At: “Seeing a need and working through others to create a solution.”
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