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Introducing Joanne Israel,

finalist for the 2022 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

For more than 30 years, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has been honored to produce the annual ATHENA Awards® to support, develop, and honor women leaders in Western New York.

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to 1 of 10 finalists in the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® category – Joanne Israel, V.P./Assistant General Manager – Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Niagara Falls, NY.

Meet ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® Finalist: Joanne Israel

Joanne Israel is V.P./Assistant General Manager at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY. She has held various positions with the company including Corporate Director of Finance Operations and General Manager of Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. She helps to oversee all departments of the Seneca Niagara Casino including hotel resorts, spa & salon, table games, promotions, human resources, and environmental services among other areas.

Joanne grew up on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation and graduated from Niagara University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration- Accounting. She also earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration-Strategic Management from Niagara University. Joanna worked in public accounting for 5 years before starting her tenure with Seneca Gaming Corporation in 2011.

Joanne serves as a board member for Native American Community Services, and is a former Board Member for Inter-Community Services. She has also served as a basketball coach for St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Sanborn, NY.

We asked Joanne a series of questions to get to know her better. Here is what she said About Being an Athena Finalist: “I am absolutely honored to be a finalist for the ATHENA Award. The caliber of professional women that have made the finalist list is extraordinary. To be included with this group is an honor. The ATHENA Awards have always represented women empowerment to the highest level. They have supported and recognized undisputable talent across the Buffalo Niagara Region.”

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