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
Executive Vice President
Julia Spitz is Executive Vice President at Savarino Properties, responsible for oversight and day-to-day management of 250,000 square feet of commercial, residential and retail space in Western New York. Julia is a licensed NYS Real Estate Salesperson and Licensed Property Manager as well as a member of BOMA Buffalo and NAIOP Upstate New York.
Outside the real estate business, Julia has served on the board of directors for Explore & More Children’s Museum, Girls on the Run Buffalo and as an LISC WNY Community-Based Real Estate Development Training Mentor. She also teaches and participates in yoga at Power Yoga Buffalo Elmwood.
Julia’s first job was working with her best friend to clean houses for cash for a friend of her mother.
According to Julia, a major highlight of her career is hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce in an industry that can be anything but. She also notes that during the time she was a board member with Explore & More Children’s Museum, she chaired the Location Committee which decided upon Canalside as our permanent location. She says to see that come to fruition recently has been very rewarding.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career
Listen to understand, not to respond.
Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace
Women are your allies, not your enemies.
About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist
“Two of the busiest, overcommitted, successful women I know nominated me for this award. I am humbled that they not only thought of me; but took precious time to nominate me. There is no greater compliment than someone spending their time on you.”
On Buffalo Niagara
THE FOOD. Seriously. For a city our size, the food scene is amazing in Buffalo Niagara. Two of my faves are Dobutsu & Kuni’s. But the list is looooooong. I even love our grocery stores. I could live at Lexington Co-Op.
Favorite Spot in Buffalo
Five Points: Remedy House, Petrichor Flora, Urban Roots…and eventually Butter Block! Best intersection in town.
Lightning Round: Added Insights
- Guilty Pleasure: Anything involving the British Royal Family
- My Superpower: Travel Planning
- Best Describes Me: Loud
- Most likely To: Accidentally interrupt someone in a rush to emphatically & enthusiastically agree with them
- Best At: Greeting cards! I never miss an opportunity to send one
- If You Were a Celebrity, You’d Be: Mindy Kaling
- Most Used Emoji: It is a tie between the laughing face & the poop face
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.