Transformational Leadership: Professional Bravery


Sep 21, 2019
08:30 AM until 03:00 PM


BUFFALO — Last year, many of Western New York’s most powerful women gathered for a new conference: “Transformational Leadership: Women in Power.” The networking event was so popular that it sold out, and many of the women in attendance —and many others who were unable to attend — have waited to see when another such conference would be held.


On Saturday, Sept. 21, the “Transformational Leadership” series returns with a new focus: “Professional Bravery – Define and Achieve Your Goals.” As with last year’s event, the conference will bring together leaders in business, medicine, law, and education for a day of presentations, dialogue, and breakout sessions that are rich with insight and guidance from women who are leaders for those who are, and aspire to be, leaders.


Attorney Lisa A. Coppola, founder of The Coppola Firm, will discuss creating “The Strategic Plan.” Ursuline R. Bankhead, Ph.D., an area psychologist and implicit bias consultant, will discuss “Understanding Your Inner Script.”


The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion of the event theme. The panelists are:

  • Sherrie Barr Mack, co-owner and managing partner, The MackBarr Group
  • Danielle Bergman, assistant director, Veteran Affairs WNY Healthcare System
  • Elisabeth Dexter, M.D., thoracic surgeon, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Katie Krawczyk, chief executive officer, 19 Ideas
  • Bridget Niland, director of Project Play WNY, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Kristen Robillard, M.D., managing partner, Lakeshore Primary Care Associates
  • Kathleen Sweet, attorney and partner, Gibson McAskill & Crosby  


Attendees may then attend one of three breakout sessions to encourage further discussion of the themes and issues explored during the presentations and panel discussion. The sessions are titled “Caught in the Middle,” “Keepin’ On,” and “Movin’ On.” Visit the Facebook page or website for more information!


The conference will be held Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Canisius College Science Building, 1901 Main Street in Buffalo. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Tickets are $35, or $10 for students.


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$35/$10 for students


View map Canisius College Science Building
1901 Main Street
Buffalo, NY

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