Athena Awards

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.

Congratulations to the 2018 ATHENA Awards® Finalists!

Thank you to the 600+ attendees who joined us on Tuesday, June 5th as we honored and celebrated this year’s 14 incredible finalists.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients, Mary Owusu & Kathy Hochul.

Know someone who should be nominated for next year’s award? Contact Krystal Testa to be added to our mailing list so you know when nominations open this fall.

Nominations for the 29th Annual ATHENA® Leadership Award & the 10th Annual ATHENA® Young Professional Leadership Award will open on Monday, November 26th. Fill out the form below to be notified when they are open.

Honorary Steering Committee Members

Honorary Co-Chairs:

Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Assembly Member | New York State Assembly                                           

Trina Burruss
Regional Vice President & Community Relationship Office | 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 Sponsor:

Houghton College

Seneca Resorts & Casinos

Official Media Sponsor:

Finalist Sponsor:

Official Accounting Sponsor:

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Supporting Sponsors:

Heather Bellini Photography
National Grid

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.

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.