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

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

Mary StelleyDecember 2018 Honoree

Mary Stelley
CEO, Gowanda Area Federal Credit Union

Mary A. Stelley is the CEO of Gowanda Area Federal Credit Union, an entity with current assets of $18 million; she also serves as treasurer for its board of directors. Mary is a Notary Public and currently serves as a Town of Collins councilman. She started her career as a stenographer for the F.B.I., 1961-1967, working in the Washington Field and Buffalo Offices. Mary is treasurer of the Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce and Northeast regional vice president for the Society of FBI Alumni.

She serves on the state board as treasurer for NYS Women, Inc. Mary is a member of Lakeshore Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. and holds a position as 2nd vice president of the NY Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc. GLEF is a non-profit corporation that provides a permanent funding source to support fellowships, research and training for New York State women. Through 2018, it has awarded over $168,000 in fellowships to New York State women enrolled in graduate study programs. Her volunteerism with NYS Women, Inc. goes back for many years to when it was known as Business and Professional Women/NYS. She served as 1995-1996 BPW/NYS treasurer and held other officer positions until becoming 1999-2000 president. She has held various positions at chapter, region, and BPW/NYS, now NYS Women, Inc., including finance chair and NIKE business manager.

She has held leadership roles for more than 45 years in her community, including Women of the Moose, Friends of the Collins Public Library, St. Joseph’s Altar & Rosary Society, Gowanda PTA. Mary served as a member of the Buffalo Council, NYS Credit Union League, and Society of FBI Alumni national treasurer, and served five years on the Gowanda Central School District budget committee.

Mary says, “Giving back to my community and volunteerism is important to me. NYS Women, Inc. has enriched my life for years through educational workshops and friendships, and instilled in me the importance of women running for political office.”