The BNP is pleased to introduce you to the finalists who have been selected for the 2021 ATHENA® honors including the ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. NEW THIS YEAR, we will also present the ATHENA Organizational Award® to recognize one for-profit organization and one non-profit organization that inspire women in WNY to achieve their full potential.
We will bring you profiles of each finalist in the weeks ahead, leading up to the awards event. Come back often to read the profiles and you’ll learn what it means to be an Athena. 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
Vendor Business Manager
Ingram Micro, Inc.
Caitlin Schneider is Vendor Business Manager at Ingram Micro, Inc. where she creates business and marketing strategies, coordinates development resources, oversees vendor onboarding and on-going operations, and manages financial planning. Prior to joining the company, she worked as an accounts receivable manager at another business.
Caitlin’s community and volunteer activities include serving on the board of directors for the local non-profit organization, Be Your Own Hero, Inc., that helps connect students and young professionals with employment opportunities, particularly in skilled trades. She has also volunteered for the She Started IT event through the University at Buffalo which encourages middle and high school girls to pursue careers in technology. Caitlin is also an active member of The WIT Network, a global and local non-profit that encourages women to study STEM, pursue technology careers, and attain leadership positions.
In high school, Caitlin worked for a local toy designer helping to build prototypes of new toys to submit to Fisher Price. She even recorded voice phrases for a Dora the Explorer prototype.
Caitlin was promoted to Vendor Business Manager at Ingram Micro in 2018 and says she is proud of the fact that she advocated for herself, interviewed, and ultimately earned the job that was two levels higher than the one she had, all while on maternity leave. She also points to working with her team to start a Community Fair where local organizations focused on various wellness areas (physical, mental, financial, spiritual, etc.) can connect with Ingram Micro associates.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career
Control what you can control; let go of what you can’t.
Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace
You already have three of the most powerful tools you need for success: Your voice to speak up for yourself and others; your mind to think differently and challenge antiquated ideas; your heart to follow what gives your life meaning and show compassion to yourself and every other human in your life. Use them intentionally.
About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist
“This is incredible and humbling at the same time. I’m thrilled to be included in this powerful group of female leaders who are being recognized for their dedication to careers and selflessly giving back to the community that surrounds us. I’m honored to represent my company and the organizations I work with every day. I’m one piece of a network of women working to improve the lives of others. I’m thankful and proud. My purpose is bigger than just me, and this is a beautiful moment in my journey.”
On Buffalo Niagara
It doesn’t matter where you come from or why you’re here. You’ll be greeted with a kind smile, great conversation and a delicious meal. There’s no place I’d rather be!
Favorite Spot in Buffalo
Three-way tie: This Little Pig, Toutant and Dobustu. I can’t choose; I love them all!
Lightning Round: Added Insights
- Guilty Pleasure: Video games
- My Superpower: Finding the best place to eat in any city and ordering the best dish on the menu
- Best Describes Me: A driven, confident, and positive leader
- Most likely To: Share funny pictures and videos of my son
- Best At: Connecting with people, finding common ground and putting them at ease
- If You Were a Celebrity, You’d Be: Anna Kendrick
- Most Used Emoji: The heart
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.