Introducing Nora McGuire, 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

Nora McGuire
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Independent Health

Nora McGuire is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Independent Health in Buffalo, where she is responsible for ensuring members have a positive experience with Independent Health, starting with an engaged and dedicated group of individuals working together. The work of Nora’s team has helped Independent Health become a recognized leader in health care in Western New York and across the country.

A nurse by training, with many years in the health care industry, Nora draws upon her past experience and knowledge to help make connections others with varying backgrounds are not able to see. Prior to joining Independent Health, Nora was director of talent management at Performance Management Partners and was senior vice president at HealthNow NY before that.

Nora has served as a board member, race chair and active volunteer for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in support of breast cancer research. She is also the vice-chair of the Centers for Hospice and Palliative Care board and the chair of the Hospice Foundation board. In addition, she is a Horizon Management Group board member, Invest Buffalo Niagara board member and Performance Committee chair.

First Job

Nora was a nurse’s aide at a nursing home while going to nursing school and worked a second job at the pet department at Grant’s department store (she says she really doesn’t like touching animals).

Career Highlights

Nora says that while she has been a part of many positive outcomes—both large and small—she is continuously striving to do more, go farther, and grow in her role and in her life. She believes even with a long-standing career, if you are not continuously learning and experiencing new things, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

“Be accountable and never give up.”

Advice to Give to a Woman Just Starting in the Workplace

“Women can accomplish remarkable things. Women need to take the time to meet one-on-one with others across their organization and community to build their confidence, give and receive needed feedback—both positive and constructive—it’s important for women to support other women in their career efforts.”

About being an ATHENA Award® Finalist

“I am truly humbled and honored to be included among the other distinguished women finalists. Mostly, I am proud to represent other women who focus their energy on helping others and making our community—and beyond—a better place. Achieving a certain level of professional excellence is only one aspect of this group of women finalists; we all dedicate our time to actively impact the lives of others, particularly women, in realizing their full potential as leaders.”

On Buffalo Niagara

“For me, it always comes down to the people – family, friends, and others who love this region and have a passion for life and making a difference to others.”

Favorite Spot in Buffalo

“Sunsets over our beautiful Lake Erie and Niagara River.”

Lightning Round: Added Insights
  • Guilty Pleasure: “Dark chocolate sponge candy.”
  • My Superpower: “To be in two places at one time.”
  • Best Describes Me: “Work hard. Play hard.”
  • Most Likely To: “Travel a lot in the next 10 years.”
  • Best At: “Getting involved.”


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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