WNY Women's Foundation hires new leader

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM EDT

By Dan Miner, Reporter- Business First

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WNY Women's Foundation hires new leader

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM EDT


Sheri Scavone has been named the new executive director of the WNY Women's Foundation, a nonprofit agency that provides a range of local services.

Scavone, a Business First 40 Under 40 award winner in 1999, was most recently a senior administrator of surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

She will oversee an organization that does research on the status of women in the Buffalo region, invests and helps run programs and advocates on behalf of public policy issues.

Scavone said she'll focusing on forging collaborations, raising awareness of the foundation and its programs, developing new initiatives and fundraising.

"The WNY Women's Foundation mission embraces my passion to serve as a catalyst for all women and girls to experience the rising tide of prosperity for themselves and their families" Scavone said. "Buffalo's exciting renaissance will fall short if we do not develop sustainable solutions to effectively address significant socio-economic and educational inequities for women and girls.

Scavone will start Monday, Jan. 27, and fill the spot vacated by Heather Filipowicz, who resigned in November and moved to Florida. An extensive search process commenced, culminating in Scavone's hiring.

"Sheri's broad experience in organizational growth, leadership and advocacy for mission-driven organizations made her the right choice for us to continue to grow our work and collaborations in the community," said Alice Jacobs, chair of the foundation board. "We look forward to her leadership in promoting positive change in the lives of women and girls in Western New York."

The WNY Women's Fund will have four employees once Scavone is officially on board. Its headquarters are at 742 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo.

Its "Pathways to Progress" leadership series will continue this morning (Friday, Jan. 17) with an address by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who will describe her own plan to create opportunities for women while sustaining a family. Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m. while the program will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. It will be held at the Avant hotel facility on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. Free valet service will be provided.

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