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
Senior Audit Manager
Katie Rozsa is a senior audit manager at the Buffalo office of KPMG LLP, a professional service company and one of the world’s Big Four auditors. With more than a decade of experience at the firm, Katie’s work is primarily focused in financial services, investment banking, and not-for-profits, with experience in healthcare and higher education.
A CPA, Katie provides clients with expertise in external audits, accounting, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and internal controls. Katie is also part owner of a small business for rental properties in Buffalo called, Opulent Properties LLC.
An active volunteer, Katie gives her time and talent to numerous KPMG community service initiatives. She is also an active member and strategic planning committee member for the Junior League of Buffalo, and a board member and audit committee chair for Compass House, which provides runaway, homeless and street youth with safe shelter and services. Katie was also named a Rising Leader in the 2019 class of Leadership Buffalo.
Katie’s first job was tarring driveways over the summer for her friend’s family business. (She notes it was not very glamorous but taught the value of hard work and gave her a first taste of financial independence.)
Among her career highlights, Katie counts hosting events in Buffalo on behalf of KPMG’s Network of Women (KNOW), bringing female professionals together to develop their business acumen. Katie and senior managers in the local office, brought together Buffalo women executives to discuss important challenges specific to women helping women advance in a corporate setting. To date, they have hosted two events with full attendance: 30 female executives gathered to discuss the importance of women on corporate/public boards and 60 female executives attended an event to discuss how to build confidence and risk Taking. The peer exchange now has representation from over 20 companies in Western NY and meets once or twice a year to enhance the professional development of women.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career
“It’s all about relationships.”
Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace
“Actively listen to what more experienced professionals have to say, take notes, and don’t be afraid to ask thoughtful questions. It is okay to not know, but how you handle those situations is what is so important. Ask, read, listen, work hard.”
About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist
“Being a finalist for this award provides a strong platform for me to develop awareness to other young professional leaders the importance of corporate and personal service. Giving back to others positively impacts those that give just as greatly as those who receive. Service truly adds to my overall level of fulfillment, betters our community and helps keep life in perspective. Being honored with a finalist nomination shows that little acts of service over time add up to a noticeable impact.”
On Buffalo Niagara
“There are so many reasons I enjoy Buffalo Niagara. What you get from this city for the cost of living is extraordinary. The network of people who care for others in WNY is also so impressive. Whether it be a group of families welcoming a new family to the area, or the generous philanthropy for a city our size, the City of Good Neighbors reputation holds true.”
Favorite Spot in Buffalo
“Tempo or Bar Bill, it’s a dead-even tie.”
Lightning Round: Added Insights
- Guilty Pleasure: “Bravo TV.”
- My Superpower: “Teleportation.”
- Best Describes Me: “Down-to-earth and entertaining.”
- Most likely To: “Put laundry in the wash and forget to put it in the dryer.”
- Best At: “Cooking.”
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