Introducing Lisa LaTrovato, finalist for the 2021 ATHENA Leadership Award

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-profitorganization and one non-profitorganization 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 Leadership Award® Finalist

Lisa LaTrovato
Donor Relations Manager
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute 

Lisa LaTrovato is Donor Relations Manager at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute where she oversees annual fundraising, events and major gifts at the independent, not-for-profit, biomedical research facility. Lisa is also the founder and president of the Fifty Fabulous Women Giving Circle that brings together professional women of all backgrounds to support small not-for-profits that serve women and children in the eight counties of WNY. 

 Outside of her professional work, Lisa gives back to the community in many ways including serving as past president of the Canisius College Masters Business Alumni Association and as vice chair of events for University at Buffalo’s School of Management Alumni Association as well as Fleet Captain for her sailing club. 


First Job

Lisa started her own sports card business when she was 11 and it helped pay for her first car. Her professional career started as a Constituent Liaison for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. 

Career Highlights

Lisa points to helping to raise funds to construct the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital when she served as senior development associate for the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation as a significant highlight of her career. She is equally proud of having started the Fifty Fabulous Women’s Giving Circle in 2019. 

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

Before they tell you what they are going to do, make them tell you what they have done. 

Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace

Start building your empire one connection at a time, don’t be afraid to ask questions or have tough conversations. Believe in what I call a 1 to 5 rule – for every one authentic conversation you have will lead you to five more which will lead you closer to your goal!   

About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist

“I am so humbled and honored to have been selected as a finalist of the ATHENA Award.  This award reflects the highest level of professional excellence, recognizes time and energy invested to help improve the quality of life for others in our community and work done to assist others – especially women – in realizing their true leadership potential.  To be considered by members of our community as someone who exemplifies these qualities is very overwhelming to a girl who is a daughter and granddaughter of immigrants.  My grandparents and parents sacrificed so that I could have the opportunities I have today.  It was their values and hard work that push me to do the work I do every day.  It is because of them that I am reminded every day thatTo those whom much is given, much is required. 

On Buffalo Niagara

The people and the waterfront are just a couple of reasons I enjoy living and working in the Buffalo Niagara region! 

Favorite Spot in Buffalo

On a sailboat

Lightning Round: Added Insights
  • Guilty Pleasure: Mac and Cheese Bites at Snyder Bar and Grill
  • My Superpower: Bringing people together and organization
  • Best Describes Me: I feel like I took three shots of espresso after meeting with her”
  • Most Likely To: Do something no one else would
  • Best At: Staying focused
  • Most Used Emoji: Laughing face with tears


 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.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Register to Attend Here


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