Awards  (Wendy Blamowski, chair) Monitor opportunities for members to be nominated for awards and inform and members in their applications for awards, recommend members to the Board as award nominees for internal awards when available, assist members who are nominated in preparing applications and supporting documentation, communicate to members and Board detailed information about awards received by members.

Communications (Kim Cox, chair) Oversee communications about Chapter activities and events, create a marketing plan to manage the Chapter’s brand image, develop media opportunities for Chapter activities and Chapter members, manage printed materials and publications for consistency and standards, create and implement social media plan (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), work on the Chapter website, and help develop content for and approve electronic newsletter. 

Corporate/Economic Development (Mary Szabat, chair) – Work closely with President and President-Elect to cultivate corporate and member partner relationships, obtain special event sponsors, develop Chapter’s financial resources; receive support from Board for introductions to WNY businesses and regional decision-makers.

Each One Reach One (Laura Zimberg & Alora Gross, co-chairs) – Plan and carry out Chapter’s largest annual event on March 8, 2017, bringing approximately 400 women together to network; participate in media attention for the coinciding International Women’s Day!

Finance (Denise Gueli, chair) – Overall supervision of financial affairs and planning, establish annual budgets for each committee and initiative, submit detailed monthly financial reports to Board, conduct quarterly reviews, supervise Chapter investments.

Fundraising (Suzanne Novelli, chair) – Organize and promote annual fundraiser at EORO to fund NAWBO-offered annual scholarship(s) to members in good standing.

Membership (Amy Christieson, chair) – Promote growth of diverse Chapter membership through activities of recruitment, hospitality, orientation and retention. Manage the Chapter’s member and prospect database and the member application process. Ensure member events are warm and welcoming.

Programming (Christine Howard, chair) – Develop, schedule and confirm monthly meeting programs and speakers relevant to Chapter’s needs for each year, distribute evaluation forms to members and review comments for the purpose of continuous improvement of our programs. 

Public Policy (Sherrie Barr Mack, chair) – Educate members through communication of NAWBO’s public policy positions and activities, coordinate legislative visits on behalf of the Chapter, maintain relations with local and regional political and public policy leaders.

Scholarship (Jaime Ruggiero, chair) – Promote scholarship to members, evaluate members’ applications and recommend members (to board) to receive scholarship(s) awarded by the Chapter annually in/around the month of June.

Feel free to email us to join a committee that calls to you. We’d love to have you!