40 Under 40 Winner: Betsy Harned

November 13, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM EDT

November 13, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM EDT

We are taking a closer look at the Business First 40 Under 40 winners. For 22 years, Business First has recognized 40 leaders, all under the age of 40, who are making a difference in Western New York.

The winners range from all walks of life, but each is impacting the community. Elizabeth Harned is one of this year's winners.

Betsy is the director of community engagement at Planned Parenthood of Western New York.

She's hoping the prestigious award will bring more exposure to her organization. "Our goals are three fold: we provide reproductive healthcare to the community, comprehensive reproductive healthcare, as well as sexuality education for youth and parents alike and advocacy with respect to women's health," Harned said.

Betsy is an attorney who now dedicates her time to Planned Parenthood. She is president of the Western New York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association. She also gives much of her time to organizations focused on education.

Besty was also the Channel 7 Women in Leadership honoree in September.

You can read about each of the 40 Under 40 winners in this week's Business First.