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.

2019 Events

This year’s 4-part speaker series events will show attendees how to Take Care Of Yourself While You Conquer The World. Each event will cover a different topic focused on either your personal self or your business self.

Own Your Financial Future

Friday, April 12th

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Center for Tomorrow, 120 Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo

$15/person, includes light breakfast & coffee

Speaker: Nicholle Overkamp


After completing a pre-session “Money Type” quiz, you will learn:
  • What “Money Type” you are and how it may be holding you back from achieving your financial goals
  • What habits are congruent with each “Money Type”.
  • What you may be doing every day that could be impacting your financial success. 
This session will take a daunting topic and make it easy to understand so that you can start taking action on your money goals right away! Space is limited, register by calling 716-887-2621 or online here.  


Save the Date! More details to come on the following 2019 Speaker Series events:

  • Friday, July 19th
  • Friday, November 22nd



Your Mind, Body & Nutrition Are Impacting Your Life. Are They Working For You? On Friday, February 22, 2019  Elaine Pauly, Certified Holistic Health & Functional Medicine Coach and Melinda Yoder, Registered Dietitian taught attendees about their mind, body & nutrition.

2018 Events

Ageism, The Unspoken Bias Impacting Each Stage of a Woman’s Life: Held on December, 7th and presented by Ann Monroe, certified master trainer and nationally renowned expert on heath and human services.

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, hosted 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.

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), was the focus of our discussion on March 23rd.  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.

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, Moderated By: Amber Dixon, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology and Panelists: Shandra Spicer, Spicer Group; Liz Callahan, Buffalo Niagara Partnership; Colleen Heidinger, 43North