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43North appoints first female president, Colleen E. Heidinger to take over position

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Posted at 10:41 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 22:41:48-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The 43North Board of Directors announced Colleen E. Heidinger will become the organization's new president.

Heidinger will be the organization's fourth president, and first female head of the organization. She succeeds Alex Gress, who led 43North for nearly two years. The 43North team is mainly comprised of female leaders.

The move for Heidinger comes after working for the organization for nearly five years, most recently as VP of Programming Strategy and Community Engagement.

Among various work in the area, she founded Ignite Buffalo, a business grant program that brought $1 million in investment from national partners to the area and created over 100 local jobs. She also serves as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Daemen College.

“It is truly an honor to be selected as the next leader of 43North and build on the momentum that we’ve achieved over the past six years,” said Colleen Heidinger. “Buffalo is a place that I hold so dear, and I look forward to sharing 43North’s story on a larger scale to attract startups to our region.”