Pathways to Progress SPEAKER SERIES

The Foundation provides opportunities for women in all stages of their careers to network, learn, and grow as leaders.


Since 2008, the Pathways to Progress Speaker Series has provided an informative platform for conversations with aspiring women leaders and change agents to inspire and motivate all women to take action. With up to 100 diverse women attending each event, the Series acts as a forum to discuss and develop action around timely issues for girls and women in WNY.

The first step to progress is having the conversation.

2018 Events

Pathways to STEM

On Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10:30am -12:30pm the WNY Women’s Foundation, in partnership with James H. Cummings Foundation, Buffalo Community Schools Initiative, and WNY STEM, is hosting a movie screening of “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap” followed by a talk back about the movie. The focus of the morning will be supporting women and girls in STEM by overcoming barriers and taking advantage of opportunities.

This movie is appropriate for high school age students and adults. It will offer food for thought and conversation starters for parents, teachers, counselors, after school & club leaders, and girls interested in STEM.

The event will be held at East High School Saturday Academy at 820 Northamption St, Buffalo, NY 14211.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Community School program.

This event is free, however, registration is encouraged.

Help us spread the word!  Download an event flyer here.


Pathways to School Readiness

The WNY Women’s Foundation’s Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2 report outlines the barriers and opportunities faced by women and girls in WNY throughout their lifetimes. “Sophia”, a young girl (age Birth – 9 years old), will be the focus of our discussion on 3/23/18.  A panel of experts discussed how we can support the “Sophias” in our community to ensure they are prepared to enter school and be successful.

Friday, March 23, 2018
Sponsored By: Health Foundation of Western & Central New York

2017 Events

Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2 Report Launch

Hosted by Mount Mercy Academy, with special keynote from Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.

Overcoming Barriers: A Conversation with Women Who Excel in Male-Dominated Fields

Moderator: Kelly O’Neill, Lighthouse Financial Asset Management

Panelists: Julieta Ross, M&T Bank; Erica Muhleman, Pegula Sports & Entertainment; Jane Griffin, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

2016 Events

Dream, Girl film screening

Watch the trailer

Followed by a conversation about female entrepreneurship facilitated by Sabina Ramsey

Barriers and Bias Research Report Release and Panel on Women in Leadership

Download the full report and watch the summary video

Reinventing Yourself in the Land of Opportunities

Sponsored by: Workforce Development Institute

Moderator: Amber Dixon, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology

Panelists: Shandra Spicer, Spicer Group; Liz Callahan, Buffalo Niagara Partnership; Colleen Heidinger, 43North