30th Annual ATHENA Awards®
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area representative for ATHENA International, a nonprofit that seeks to support, develop, and honor women leaders. The ATHENA Awards® are celebrated around the world in more than 500 communities and 8 countries. Since 1989, the Partnership has been honored to produce the annual ATHENA Awards® Luncheon, at which finalists for the ATHENA Leadership Award®, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®, and the ATHENA Organizational Award® are honored.
About the 2020 Awards
NEW FOR 2020
The ATHENA Leadership Award® honors an exceptional individual who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contributed time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assisted others—particularly women—in realizing their full leadership potential.
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®
The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® honors an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, and serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally.
The ATHENA Organizational Award® recognizes one for-profit organization and one non-profit organization that supports, develops, and honors women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential and creating balance in leadership throughout Buffalo Niagara.
ATHENA Awards® Honorary Steering Committee
Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
Majority Leader | New York State Assembly
SVP, District Manager | Northwest Bank
Steering Committee Members:
Kari Root Bonaro
Director of Communications & External Affairs | Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Ann M. Brooker
Specialty Product Manager | The Buffalo News
President | D’Youville College
Donna L. DeCarolis
President | National Fuel Gas Company
President and Managing Member | Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
President and CEO | People, Inc.
President & CEO Seneca | Gaming Corporation
VP, Digital Strategy & Analytics | Mower
President and CEO | Performance Management Partners
Amy Habib Rittling
Partner | Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP
Manager, Marketing & Creative Services | Catholic Health
2019 ATHENA Awards® Recipients
On Tuesday, June 4, in front of a crowd of more than 600 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, we celebrated the 20 finalists and announced the two recipients of the 2019 ATHENA Awards.®
The 2019 recipients were:
- JoAnn Falletta, Music Director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award®
- Katie Krawczyk, Partner & CEO, 19 IDEAS – 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®
For a full list of previous ATHENA Award® recipients, click here.
Visit our blog to learn more about each of the 2019 finalists.