Pathways to Progress

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.

2017 Events

Breakfast Panel Discussion

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

Opportunities for women are plentiful in traditionally male-dominated fields like science, sports, labor, trades, and technology. Jobs in these arenas offer lucrative, secure and fulfilling careers. However, the challenges for women in these fields are many.

In this facilitated conversation with women who have excelled in fields where men far outnumber women, we explored the barriers women face when entering these professions, the trials at work and with career advancement, and the strategies that worked for them to overcome. It was a memorable morning, spent with inspirational women sharing their strength and wisdom through their stories!

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