We celebrate all of the 2021 nominees. There is an incredible depth of professional talent and leadership in the Buffalo Niagara community. This year’s honorees and finalists are accomplished, inspirational women leaders whose work is advancing the Buffalo Niagara region and helping to develop our next generation of successful leaders.
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.
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 2 organizations: 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.
Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
Majority Leader | New York State Assembly
Senior Vice President & District Manager | Northwest Bank
President | D’Youville College
Ann M. Evanko
Member, Chair of Labor & Employment Practices Group | Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
Assistant Professor of Marketing | Canisius College
CEO | GuruBound.com
Editor | Buffalo Magazine
President and CEO | People, Inc.
President and CEO | Performance Management Partners
Chair | Vistage International
CEO and Partner | 19 Ideas
Music Director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award®
Partner & CEO, 19 IDEAS – 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®
See the 2019 Buffalo News Smiles Gallery for more.
For a full list of previous ATHENA Award® recipients, click here.
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.