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Posted on: March 25, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Brown Recognizes Achievements of 11 Women During a Special Women’s History Month Celebration


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown honored eleven outstanding female leaders today during his annual Women’s History Month program at Buffalo City Hall today. The 2022 Women’s History theme is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history. This year’s honorees represented the following seven categories: Art, Business, Education, Faith, Health, Public Safety and Youth.

“Today we get a chance to honor remarkable women in our community who provided healing and promoted hope over the past two years as we dealt with the COVID-19 global health pandemic,” stated Mayor Brown. “These women helped shape our City’s history and its future through their actions and I thank them for our shared commitment to advance gender equity in the workplace and our shared mission to create a culture of opportunity for all woman to live, work, and lead to her fullest potential. In honor of Women’s History Month, we ask residents and business owners to join us in fostering a citywide culture that values and supports the contributions of Buffalo’s female population.”

Achieving gender equity is a top priority of the Brown Administration and has been a central focus of his agenda since his earliest days in office. His achievements include the hiring of the most diverse workforce in the City’s history. Unlike any other time, there are more women in leadership positions throughout City government in Buffalo, as well as represented on Boards and Commissions. In recent weeks, Mayor Brown made history with the nomination of Cavette Chambers as the City’s first Jamaican American woman for Corporation Counsel and Cathy Amdur as the first woman Commissioner for the Department of Permit & Inspection Services.

Mayor Brown has also helped spearhead a number of successful initiatives that support and celebrate the professional development and accomplishments of women and women entrepreneurs, including the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, the Queen City Pop Up program, Buffalo’s fight for minimum wage increases for City workers.

This year’s honorees include: 

  • Arts/Charlotte Cardwell
  • Business/Robin Truesdale and The Hair Hive (Brianna Lannie, Danielle Jackson, Lauren Jackson) 
  • Education/Dr. Tonja Williams, Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent
  • Faith/Betty Pierce-Williams
  • Health/Maria Cruz and Sasha Roberts
  • Public Safety/Buffalo Fire Chief Wendy Hartman
  • Youth/Nekia Kemp, Police Athletic League of Buffalo Director

Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in 1987, creating a special opportunity in workplaces and in communities to recognize and celebrate the achievements of American Women.