Introducing Katie Krawczyk, finalist for the 2019 ATHENA Young Professional 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 Young Professional Leadership Award® Finalist

Katie Krawczyk
Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Katie Krawczyk is partner and chief executive officer of 19 IDEAS, a New York State Woman-Owned Business in Buffalo offering a full range of marketing and communications services and expertise. Katie started the company with one employee—herself—and grew the business into a full-service agency for marketing, public relations, design, and web and software development.

Katie has over 15 years of wide-ranging experience in public and private sector work in Buffalo, NY; Washington, DC; New York City; and Seoul, Korea. 19 IDEAS will celebrate its eighth anniversary in May 2019 and continues to build on a client list that includes the John R. Oishei Foundation, North American Breweries, and Trocaire College, among others.

A Leadership Buffalo graduate, Katie’s numerous board memberships and volunteer participation throughout her career include the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Pay Equity Roundtable Discussion/Action Series; The Richardson Center Corporation; Persistence Preparatory Academy (she is a founding board member of this new K-8 charter school on Buffalo’s East Side); the Eric Wood Fund; International Institute of Buffalo; Women’s Business Center at Canisius College; and Hasek’s Heroes. She has also been involved in many community events including Startup Weekend Buffalo and Social Media Day Buffalo.

First Job

Katie says she was a friendly McKinley Mall information booth representative during high school.

Career Highlights

Katie says it is hard to list any singular career achievement over establishing her business. However, one particular moment in her career stands out and holds a lot of meaning. She worked with The New York Times business desk for 18 months in an attempt to get them to write about 43North and what this competition means to the broader economic and business story for the region. The months of engagement with the Times paid off, and they sent a reporter to cover 43North finals in 2015, which led to a full-page story running in the print edition plus an additional online photo gallery.

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

“When it’s right, it happens quickly.” (A former boss said that to Katie in the context of offering career advice. To Katie, it means pay attention to where there is resistance and where things are not moving easily for you. Perhaps you need to change course.)

Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace

“Do not wait for opportunities to appear or to be laid at your feet; instead, go after those opportunities that exist or create ones that don’t yet exist.”

About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized in this way. My career is extremely important to me; it always has been from an early age when I started thinking about what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up.’ This is a humbling recognition for the dedication I’ve had to my career and to myself as a professional woman. What’s more, this award is one that is given by those in the business community to those in the business community. Being recognized for my work amongst not only my peers but those I admire and look to for inspiration is an esteemed recognition that I am honored by.”

On Buffalo Niagara

“After my college graduation, I moved to Washington, DC. I moved home to Buffalo in 2006 and have lived in the city ever since. I have come to know and love Buffalo in ways much different than what I can recall from childhood. Falling in love with a city I thought I knew but didn’t really discover until I left for 10 years and came back was a joyous surprise. Buffalo is ripe with opportunity. I often say to people that what you give to Buffalo, you get back ten-fold.”

Favorite Spot in Buffalo

“There is so much to love about this area, so I’ll offer a few of my favorite spots: I love Niagara Falls; the Elmwood Village where I live; and our beaches in Western New York.”

Lightning Round: Added Insights
  • Guilty Pleasure: “Bravo TV. It’s awful, but I love it so much.”
  • My Superpower: “Empathy. I think we need more of it in this world. Also, parallel parking. I can parallel park any car, under any weather conditions.”
  • Best Describes Me: “Driven, yet compassionate.”
  • Most Likely To: “Have a pied-à-terre in Europe. At least, that’s the goal some day!”
  • Best At: “The details. According to my husband, who is also my business partner, ‘[I] don’t miss stuff… [I am] a stickler for details and catch everything.’”


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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