May 2018 Honoree
Founder & President
Sarah Bachwitz is the founder and president of Empower Camp, a new non-profit created to ignite young women’s inner power. It is a non-denominational camp program, open to all cultures, religions and backgrounds for young women ages 14-18.
Empower Camp was founded in the depths of the Gobi Desert. Yes, you read that correctly. The Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Sarah hiked 100 kilometers across the Gobi Desert without the comforts of home and realized that it is not the clothes she wears or her social media or anything else that defines her. Sarah says, “What defines her is her inner power. Her inner power got her through those nine days in the desert and her inner power will continue to allow her to chase her dreams and live boldly.”
Sarah has 12 years of experience as a camp counselor. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Ohio Northern University; in 2010 she studied Spanish language and literature with the Study Abroad Program at Universidad del País Vasco. Sarah has worked at HSBC since 2011 where she is currently a senior manager. She founded the HSBC US Young Professionals Association, completed the HSBC Group Graduate Leadership Program in the United Kingdom, and participated in Leadership Buffalo’s Rising Leaders program. In 2017 she was a recipient of Buffalo Business First’s 30 under 30 award.
Photo copyright: ©Jim Courtney