Introducing Teresa Bair, finalist for the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to the finalists for the 2019 ATHENA Awards,® which recognize contributions made by individuals to advance the status of women in the Buffalo Niagara region.

We’ll profile each finalist in the weeks leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Tuesday, June 4, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Check back every Wednesday to meet these exceptional women and learn more about their important work in the Buffalo Niagara region.

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

Teresa Bair
Senior Vice President, Administration & Legal Affairs, Corporate Secretary
Athenex, Inc.

Teresa Bair is senior vice president of administration and legal affairs and corporate secretary at Athenex, a global biopharmaceutical company in Buffalo. Teresa’s work at Athenex advances the company’s mission to improve the lives of cancer patients around the world by developing safer, more effective and more tolerable cancer treatments.

Teresa transitioned to a global business career after 18 years in private practice as a commercial trial lawyer. As a member of the Athenex leadership team, Teresa oversees legal matters worldwide for the company, leads administration and government relations for US operations, and serves as Corporate Secretary for the board of directors.

Teresa’s volunteer and community service activities include serving as a board member of the WNY Women’s Foundation (WNYWF). She is also a member of the Steering Committee of ALL IN, a community initiative launched by the WNYWF to address the disparity of women in leadership roles across WNY. At Athenex, she has spearheaded corporate giving to focus on the Courage of Carly Fund to honor the life of Carly Collard Cottone, the granddaughter of one of Athenex’s founders, Allen Barnett.

First Job

Teresa’s first job was scooping ice cream as a teenager at a little ice cream stand in Henrietta, near Rochester, NY.

Career Highlights

Teresa notes being elected partner at the law firm Harris Beach when her twins were just one year old as one of her career highlights. She also was part of the year-long journey to the Athenex IPO, full of obstacles and issues. She says coming out on the other side and completing the IPO successfully, after having navigated all the seemingly insurmountable obstacles along the way, made the outcome even more rewarding.

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

“Do something with your career that feels like swimming downstream.”

Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace

“Cultivate meaningful, trust-based relationships in your organization so you have people who are looking out for you, advocating for you and giving you good advice.”

About Being an ATHENA Award® Finalist

“It’s incredible to be included with the women in this category. Several of my mentors and role models are past finalists and winners, and to be included as a finalist is gratifying beyond words.”

On Buffalo Niagara

“Great friends, happy kids, easy commutes, and a vibrant, collaborative, and entrepreneurial business community are what I enjoy most.”

Favorite Spot in Buffalo

“Delaware Park. Training for marathons as a law student, playing frisbee with our dog before we had kids, countless 5K races, picnicking with our kids as toddlers, and now watching them play soccer and basketball as teenagers. It’s a special place!”

Lightning Round: Added Insights
  • Guilty Pleasure: “A lazy Sunday with my family.”
  • My Superpower: “I’m telepathic with my Mom: Whenever I think of her, she calls me!”
  • Best Describes Me: “Calm in chaos.”
  • Most Likely To: “Figure it out, keep it moving and get it done!”
  • Best At: “Shifting my perspective to turn a problem into an opportunity.”


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.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street | Buffalo, NY 14202

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