NYS Women Buffalo Niagara Chapter Women In Leadership Award

Women In Leadership

Women In Leadership NYS Women IncThe Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. (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


May 2018 Honoree

Sarah Bachwitz
Founder & President
Empower Camp

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.

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