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LIFT Professional Women's Group

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Supporting professional women at every stage of life and career


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Creating an environment to foster confidence in advocating for yourself and other professional women


The Leadership & Inspiration for Trailblazers (LIFT) is a women's networking group that focuses on the core values of Education, Inspiration, Courage, Philanthropy, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Success of our WNY community. We welcome you to explore the opportunity to engage with this group to find self discovery and contribution to your professional journey.

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you up. Oprah Winfrey Quote.
For most of history, Anonymous was a woman Quote
Choose People who lift you up. Michelle Obama Quote.
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2023 LIFT Council

Bernie Aja
Employer Services Corporation

Claire Sarpel

Christine Langenfeld
Amherst Chamber of Commerce

Maureen Girven
Amherst Chamber of Commerce

Penny LaPlaca
Amherst Chamber of Commerce

Chrystie Barker
Ellicott Development

Jody Briandi
Hurwitz Fine

Melissa Masters Brinson
Cannon Design

Juweria Dahir
Daemen University

Laura Dolan
Bank of America

Jasmin Chen
WNY Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Shantelle Patton
Urban Chamber of Commerce

Kristin Fields
Buffalo State University

Christie Nelson
National Grid

AmyRae Nessa
Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY

Christina Pearl
Horizon Corporations

Brandy Vandermark-Murray
Horizon Corporations

Sara Vescio
Women's Business Center at Canisius College

Andrea Cavagnero Watkins
Great Lakes Anesthesiology

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Networking, events, education, public policy, economic development, advocacy and marketing opportunities are available.

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