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
Goldberg Segalla LLP
Christina Holdsworth is an attorney at Goldberg Segalla LLP where she practices in the law firm’s Litigation Department, with litigation experience in matters involving personal injury, defense of retail businesses, not-for-profit corporations and libel/slander, among others. She earned her law degree from University at Buffalo Law School and was an attorney and law clerk for two other Buffalo firms before her current position.
Christina is involved in many volunteer activities including the Erie County Republican Committee, as well as the Republican Lawyers Group. Through this involvement, she was appointed to the Erie County Charter Revision Commission which was tasked with revising the County Charter which occurs once every 10 years. Christina also founded Ambush Buffalo, a community-based organization for local lesbians. It quickly became one of the largest social gatherings for the LGBT community in Buffalo and later expanded to create Ambush Rochester.
Christina’s first job was at Subway as a “Sandwich Artist” – and she’s proud of it! By working at Subway, she got her foot in the door of the food service industry which gave her invaluable experience that she used to get her first legal job.
Christina says every time she obtains a successful resolution for her client, it feels just as satisfying as the first. They are all career highlights. She notes some of the most satisfying resolutions have been the ones that were unexpected, such as obtaining dismissals for her clients from judges who rarely grant dismissals.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career
Buffalo is a small community. Be honest, kind, and gracious, as your name and reputation will stay with you for the rest of your career.
Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace
Develop and nurture strong professional relationships as early as possible. Respect and protect those relationships as they will hopefully remain with you for the rest of your life. If possible, secure a mentor and make the most of the mentor relationship.
About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist
“Buffalo is full of amazing, accomplished women who give so much to our community and make Buffalo a better place. To say I am humbled to be included on this list is an understatement. I am glad that my devotion to Buffalo is apparent enough to be recognized with this nomination. It motivates me to continue my efforts to make Buffalo an even better place.”
On Buffalo Niagara
“The comradery in Buffalo is unparalleled, in both the legal profession and the community in general. People genuinely want to help each other and make Buffalo a better place.”
Favorite Spot in Buffalo
Lightning Round: Added Insights
- Guilty Pleasure: Comic books/graphic novels
- My Superpower: Flight
- Best Describes Me: Charismatic
- Most likely To: Run a cat sanctuary when I’m 70
- Best At: Bringing people together
- Most Used Emoji: The eye-roll emoji
- Book Recommendation: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
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.