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.


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

SusanJuly 2019 Honoree

Susan Schwartz
Member and Board of Directors Vice President
Rotary Club of Buffalo

WKBW Interview

Susan Schwartz, a fourth-generation Rotarian, is originally from Ogdensburg, NY. Before moving to Buffalo in 2011, she was president of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, and its foundation, and was part of the executive committee that created and produced the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival in 2010.

She currently serves on the Rotary Club of Buffalo board of directors as vice president and is a past director and board secretary. Susan is an active member of the club, fulfilling roles as the 2019/2020 fundraiser committee chair. She is the organizer of the club’s annual “Duck Derby,” which helps raise money for Buffalo Rotary’s latest grant, Rotary Reads - Kids Club, to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. The grant will provide a whole new life to several public libraries in the City of Buffalo. The Rotary Reads Kids Club area of the libraries will encourage reading, discovery and curiosity in children, supplementing the school experience in Buffalo’s key neighborhoods. Susan also serves on Buffalo Rotary’s PR and finance committees. She served on the Steering Committee for the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and currently serves on the board of directors of O'Connell & Co.

Susan is the former director of marketing and communications for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; her past experience includes director of marketing and communications for Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), marketing director for the Syracuse Symphony and Grand Rapids (MI) Symphony, and marketing manager for Classical Music for the Minnesota Orchestra.

She received her B.A. in music and is one of a few hundred graduates of Eisenhower College, formerly in Seneca Falls, NY. She currently resides in East Aurora with her husband James Newell, their two dogs, and cat.