The NYS Women, Inc. Buffalo Niagara Chapter (BNC) is proud to partner with WKBW-TV to showcase successful local women who have given back to the Western New York community. “Women In Leadership” honorees are established women business owners or professional/working women who have exhibited leadership, enterprise, and excellence in their business or profession and give back to the Western New York or greater community. The goal of the program is to recognize women who have succeeded both in the business and charitable arenas and help inspire others to follow in their path.
Each month throughout the year a woman business owner or working woman will be featured on AM Buffalo. Each June, BNC and WKBW-TV will recognize all our honorees at an annual event.
Established woman business owner or working/professional woman who:
- Exhibits leadership, enterprise, and excellence in their business;
- Gives back to Western New York or greater community with volunteer service
Women In Leadership Application
August 2019 Honoree
Executive Director, VOICE Buffalo
Whitney Walker is executive director of VOICE Buffalo, a local faith-based organization dedicated to making certain that people from all walks of life can access living wage jobs, quality schools, and full participation in charting the direction of the community. Prior to joining VOICE Buffalo, she was with the Mobile Safety-Net Team of the John R. Oishei Foundation where she worked on issues such as domestic violence, workforce development, substance abuse, and food access.
A native of eastern North Carolina, Whitney’s volunteer and community involvement are extensive. She co-founded and is the former board president of FBITES – Food Based Interventions Transforming Empowered Students. This non-profit uses culinary instruction as a vehicle to develop leadership, professional skills, as well as college and career readiness in youth and adults. She is also board secretary of Ade Jembe Fola, a community organization in Buffalo that offers in- school and after-school programming in a variety of subjects.
In 2017 Whitney was among the people KeyBank appointed to its Buffalo Advisory Council to help guide its National Community Benefits plan locally. The group includes representatives from a diverse collection of community organizations, including the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, PUSH Buffalo, the United Way and Belmont Housing Resources. Whitney was also a 2018 nominee for the Athena award.