NYS Women Buffalo Niagara Chapter Women In Leadership Award

Women In Leadership

Women In Leadership NYS Women IncThe Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. (BNC) is proud to partner with WKBW-TV to showcase successful local women who have given back to the Western New York community. “Women In Leadership” honorees are established women business owners or professional/working women who have exhibited leadership, enterprise, and excellence in their business or profession and give back to the Western New York or greater community. The goal of the program is to recognize women who have succeeded both in the business and charitable arenas and help inspire others to follow in their path.

Each month throughout the year a woman business owner or working woman will be featured on AM Buffalo. Each June, BNC and WKBW-TV will recognize all our honorees at an annual event.


Established woman business owner or working/professional woman who:

  • Exhibits leadership, enterprise, and excellence in their business;
  • Gives back to Western New York or greater community with volunteer service 

Women In Leadership Application PDF

Nancy RizzoMay 2017 Honoree

Nancy Rizzo
Smart and Simple Wellness

Nancy Rizzo is a speaker, group and personal coach, and author. Her story, published in Speaking Your Truth, Vol III, Courageous Stories From Inspiring Women, is about her journey – taking a leap of faith and facing paralyzing fear – as she quit her job and launched her coaching practice at a time when people were still asking, “Just what is a life coach?” She is a Certified Life & Mindset Navigation™ Coach who uses trademarked systems which have helped her clients change their lives. Nancy’s systems and toolbox are based on the art and neuroscience of change: retraining and rewiring brain habits, thoughts, and beliefs so one can get off that old default mindset and onto a new life story. “You are here for a purpose, and you are meant to be happy” is the foundation of Nancy’s coaching practice, Smart & Simple Wellness.

With over 30 years business experience and leadership across numerous industries and departments, Nancy specializes in, but is not limited to, coaching women business owners on their pioneering journeys. Nancy volunteers her time supporting and advocating for women in our community; she is vice president of ABWA WNY Chapter (American Business Women’s Association), serves on the board of directors, NAWBO Buffalo Niagara (National Assoication of Women Business Owners); and as secretary, Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. Buffalonians Nancy and her husband of 42 years are blessed with two sons, a daughter-in-law, and recently their first grandchild.