Niagara Gazette — Donna Fernandes, president and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo, will be the keynote speaker at the American Business Women’s Association Western New York Charter Chapter’s spring networking and professional development event on Thursday, Shine: Empower, Connect, Achieve.
Shine: Empower, Connect, Achieve will be held at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. It will feature a professional development segment (the keynote message), a networking happy hour and an Interactive vendor fair.
During her keynote, Fernandes will share her own story of personal and professional growth. She was recently named one of Western New York’s most influential leaders of 2014 by Business First.
“We are so excited to have Donna as our speaker for the evening. Not only is she a pillar of our community, but amongst women, she is someone we admire and can connect with both on a personal and professional level,” said Jennifer Surdyke, ABWA WNY president and account manager at Benefit Brokers of Western New York.
“(Our group) is always striving to empower women through education; introducing them to established, successful mentors by means of our professional development seminars,” Surdyke explained. “Our goal for the event is to allow women to network and connect with one another and build relationships. We are also excited to host our interactive vendor fair, recognizing many incredible local businesses.”
Fernandes joined the Buffalo Zoo in 2000 and since her arrival has raised $48 million in capital funds for a revitalized Buffalo Zoo. Her most current project is the 60,000 square foot Arctic Edge.
Tickets for Shine: Empower, Connect, Achieve are $25 until Wednesday and $30 at the door the day of the event. To register visit www.abwawny.com/events.