The Partnership has been honored to produce the ATHENA Awards® Luncheon since 1989. The award is celebrated around the world in more than 500 communities and 8 countries and is awarded to individuals who have achieved professional and personal success, given back to their communities and supported women professionals in the region.

Nominations for the 29th Annual ATHENA Awards® Are Now Open

29th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award®

The ATHENA Leadership Award® honors exceptional individuals who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.

10th Annual ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award honors emerging leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and serve as role models for young women personally and professionally. Nominees must be under the age of 40.

Please fill out the interest form below to be e-mailed the full nomination form. Full nomination forms MUST be submitted by Friday, January 18, 2019 at 12:00pm. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Krystal Testa.

ATHENA Nomination Form
Please be sure to include street address, city, state, and zip code.
Please be sure to include street address, city, state, and zip code.

Save The Date:

29th ATHENA Awards® Luncheon will be on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Buffalo Convention Center. Stay tuned for more details to be announced!

Have questions about the ATHENA Awards®? Contact Krystal Testa at 716-541-1720.

Honorary Steering Committee Members

Honorary Co-Chairs:

Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Assembly Member | New York State Assembly                                           

Jennifer Gibson
SVP and Area Manager | Northwest Bank

Steering Committee Members:

Kari Root Bonaro
Director of Communications & External Affairs | Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Lorrie Clemo
President | D’Youville College

Donna L. DeCarolis
Vice President of Business Development | National Fuel Gas Company

Ann Evanko
President and Managing Member | Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.

Rhonda Frederick
President and CEO | People, Inc.

Holly Gagnon
President & CEO Seneca | Gaming Corporation

Mary Owusu
VP, Digital Strategy & Analytics | Mower

Sharon Randaccio
President and CEO | Performance Management Partners

Amy Habib Rittling
Partner | Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP

Jen Rung
Editor | Buffalo Magazine

Thank you to the sponsors of our 29th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon:

Presenting Sponsor:

Northwest Bank

Event Sponsors:

Houghton College

PSESeneca Resorts & Casinos

Official Media Sponsor:

Official Accounting Sponsor:

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Television Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors:

Heather Bellini Photography
Inky Fingers Printing
National Fuel Gas Company
National Grid
Performance Management Partners

2018 ATHENA Awards® Recipients

On Tuesday, June 5th, in front of a crowd of 600+ at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, we celebrated the 14 finalists and announced the two recipients of the 2018 ATHENA Awards®.

The 2018 recipients are:

For a full list of all previous ATHENA Awards® recipients, click here.