NYSW Buffalo Niagara Chapter - Buffalo, NY - Women in Leadership

Women In Leadership

Women In Leadership NYS Women IncThe 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.

Criteria

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 PDF

StephanieJanuary 2020 Honoree

Stephanie Kennedy
Owner of Reach Digital Media Solutions

WKBW Interview

As the president of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NYS Women, Inc., Stephanie is the youngest woman to hold that leadership position in the chapter or statewide in the history of the organization. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of WNY is the main charitable foundation for which Stephanie volunteers. Through this organization, research to improve the lives of those living with Cystic Fibrosis is privately funded and put back into the CF community right here in WNY. She’s also a half a decade rider in the Ride for Roswell. She says, “Both organizations are close to my heart.”

Stephanie is the owner of Reach Digital Media Solutions, a social media consulting firm. She works closely with clients to expand their social media presence. According to Stephanie, “Through the mentorship, mainly, from NYS Women Inc. (Buffalo Niagara Chapter), I was able to scale my business. As of this year, I’ve worked with over 40 companies in the Greater Buffalo region. I’ve been in business for two years.”

She also says, “I had to overcome the white noise in my head saying that I was too young or too inexperienced to start a business. Everyone has to start somewhere and why not gain experience on my own terms. I had confidence in my work ethic, discipline, and ability to meet new people so I went for it.”

She has a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and digital media from St. Bonaventure University and previously studied at Trinity College, Oxford University in England during a summer study program.