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 Leadership Award® Finalist
Hodgson Russ, LLP
Sujata Yalamanchili is partner with the law firm Hodgson Russ where she has practiced for 22 years, assisting businesses in structuring complex business transactions usually involving real property, including leasing, purchase and sales and financing. Sujata is a Fellow with the American College of Real Estate Lawyers which elects attorneys nationwide to the fellowship for their outstanding legal ability, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law.
Outside of the legal profession, Sujata gives back to the community in many ways. She serves as a trustee for the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation, is a board member with Summit Educational Resources, and is a member of the UB School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council. She also serves on Shea’s Buffalo Theater Board of Directors and the Williamsville Education Foundation board.
Sujata’s first job was as a cashier at Fay’s Drugstore.
Sujata lists leading a team of around 60 people for eight years and developing programs and practices that her law firm still uses as one of many career accomplishments. She also points with pride to her selection into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career
Don’t be afraid to step up and take on leadership roles.
Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace
Seek out mentors and advisors in and out of your organization.
About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist
“I am very proud to shine a light on the different ways in which women leaders contribute to the community and lift up others. My parents came to the US to provide a better life and opportunities for their five daughters. The Athena Award represents the possibilities that women have to lead and to contribute to the community.”
On Buffalo Niagara
I enjoy the warmth of the people and the ease of life (easy commutes, affordability, easy to meet people and make friends).
Favorite Spot in Buffalo
Canalside or Village of Williamsville
Lightning Round: Added Insights
- Guilty Pleasure: The Crown
- My Superpower: Being Happy
- Best Describes Me: Dog Mom
- Most Likely To: Storm the field after a Bills victory
- Best At: Running a Zoom Meeting
- If You Were a Celebrity, You’d Be: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Book Recommendation: Crooked House by Agatha Christie
- Most Used Emoji: Laughing Emoji
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