What She’s Made Of 2021

Join us for a powerful and inspiring afternoon focused on the critical importance of women’s leadership with keynote speaker Carla Harris.


event Details

When: Monday, May 17, 2021 at 3:45pm.

Where: Virtually!
Attendees will receive details about how to attend the week before and the day-of the event.

Who: This year’s keynote speaker is business leader, author, and gospel singer Carla Harris!

What: Carla Harris, author of Expect to Win and one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America, will deliver a live keynote address on her “Pearls of Intentional Leadership.”

In her unique and vibrant style, Carla will speak to the critical importance of women leaders and encourage attendees to take action in their community.

Whether you’re a CEO or starting out in your career, Carla’s “pearls” are for everyone!

spotlight on wny women

This year’s event features a special Spotlight on What Women of WNY Are Made Of. This is an opportunity to donate in honor of unsung heroes in our community.

With each donation, you can share stories, photos, and videos of the women important to you, to be featured online and during the event itself.

Purchase Spotlight

Thank you to our 2021 What She’s Made Of sponsors!
Presenting sponsor
glass ceiling sponsors
trailblazer sponsor
changemaker sponsors
Revolutionary sponsors

Ellen Grant

Alice Jacobs

Red Carpet sponsors

Terri Bair

Mary Ann Coulson

Katherine Mohney

event sponsor

Women Who Run (Virtual)

Panel featuring female elected officials from across the region.

View Full Event on YouTube


Producing Success

Speaker: Lindsay Shookus, Saturday Night Live Producer


Full Gallery Photos courtesy of Joe Cascio and Heather Bellini.



OUTSPOKEN: The Power of Humor

Speaker: Kate Davis, Comedian

Full Gallery Photos courtesy of Joe Cascio & Amber Partisano.


Everything Is Possible

Speaker: Teresa Younger, Founder & CEO of Ms. Foundation

Full Gallery Photos courtesy of Joe Cascio & Heather Bellini.


Onward & Upward

Speaker: Wendy Selig-Preieb

Full Gallery Photos courtesy of Joe Cascio & Heather Bellini.

Previous What She’s Made Of Speakers

2015 – Dr. Esther S. Takeuchi, Invent a New World
2014 – Wendy Lawrence, Reach for the Stars
2013 – Susan Plagemann, Vogue
2012 – Ellen Goodman, Journalist
2011 – Jennifer Buffett, Philanthropist for Girls & Women
2010 – Cokie Roberts, Journalist & Author