The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women (“ECCSW”) was proud to bring Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014 to Buffalo on Thursday, May 15th to speak for a luncheon event at the Twentieth Century Club. Miss Davuluri, one of over 13,000 young women to vie for the coveted title of Miss America 2014 and its $50,000 scholarship award, is the first person of Asian-Indian descent to be crowned Miss America.

Freed Maxick employees Jen Hamberger, Holly Hejmowski, Kathryn DiFilippo and Emily Burns Perryman attended to network with other local professionals, as well as take in Miss Davuluri’s remarks and bring back some insight to share with the Firm’s E.A.R.N initiative committee, an internal program aimed at providing education, professional development, networking opportunities and other specialized support to all employees.

Miss Davuluri delivered remarks on her platform “Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency.” She was engaging with her audience, offering up candid anecdotes of her experiences with personal life, her family and the pageant world, and answered multiple questions from the audience at the end of her remarks, providing a glimpse into her busy and exciting life.

“The ECCSW supports the Miss America Organization’s mission of providing personal and professional opportunities for young women to promote their voices in culture, politics, and the community,” said event chair and ECCSW chair, Amy Rath.

The ECCSW works to assure that the women of Erie County have full participation on the issues that have an impact on their lives. Its goal is to connect women with the resources they need to reach their full potential. The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.