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Women in Leadership – Virtual Panel Discussion

Date: April 28, 830-10am (Eastern Time)
Type of event: Virtual only
Cost: $5-15 (based on membership status)
Affiliate: Western New York


Please join us for an exciting panel event featuring three outstanding HR leaders who will share learnings from their career journeys, share insights from their leadership roles and answer your burning questions.  We are honored to have these ladies share their time and perspectives with us on what it means to be a female in leadership in these times. 

This event will feature:

  • Kelly Cultrara,  President and Managing Partner of AP Professionals of WNY
  • Erin Johnson, VP, Human Resources and Organization Development at ARMOT-IIMAK
  • Christie Joseph, SVP of People and Business Administration at Pegula Sports and Entertainment

About our Speakers:

Kelly Cultrara

Kelly Cultrara is President and Managing Partner of AP Professionals of WNY.  APWNY is a full-service, locally owned search and staffing firm specializing in Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Administrative, Engineering, Operational Excellence, IT and Executive Search, both on a permanent and contract basis. Kelly is a dynamic sales and marketing leader that has enjoyed a fulfilling career in staffing that has led her to become the first female Managing Partner at AP, since its inception in 1993.   She has been delivering staffing solutions to a wide array of Fortune 500 corporations and privately held businesses across WNY for over 25 years, and offers the most personalized service and approach to career placement for job seekers.  She prides herself on AP’s company motto of developing “relationships that last a lifetime”. 

Additionally, she has spent her career serving the community, starting early on with a position on the local chapter board of March of Dimes.  She has since sat on several boards and committees and is passionate about helping women and children in particular.  She is currently a founding member of a grassroots organization called the Fifty Fabulous Women Giving Circle that offers grants to local small non-profits dedicated to the support of women and children in our own community, which led her to her most recent board position with UPward Design for Life.  Her passion and dedication for helping women into leadership positions has been a major focus in her career and started with her own journey to become the first female partner in the AP Group of companies.  In 2018 she was awarded WNY Women Making History Award, issued by NYS Senator Timothy Kennedy.  Kelly is also an original member of the WNY Chapter of NRHA and has served as President, President Elect and Membership Chair, so it’s quite an honor to return as a guest speaker.       

Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson serves as ARMOR-IIMAK’s Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development for the Americas and Western Europe. Since joining IIMAK in April of 2019, Erin led the transformation of global HR practices, talent development and succession, HR automation, and organizational strategies resulting in the successful transaction of PE ownership producing a 2x’s in under 3 years. Furthermore, Erin led Strategy and HR diligence and integration for the acquisition of IIMAK by The Armor Group in late 2021, resulting in the formation of ARMOR-IIMAK, the world’s largest TTR and digital ink manufacturer. 

Prior to joining IIMAK, Johnson served as Global Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Systems at Synacor, Inc. While in that role, she led the company’s global Human Resources organization through an extensive growth period across Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Erin has also held senior HR and OD leadership roles with Ingram Micro, a Fortune 100 company, and Integer.


Erin holds a Master of Business Administration from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from SUNY College at Buffalo. She also has completed the International Strategy Certification Program with Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.  She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and is certified in the assessment and facilitation of Workplace Big 5 Profile and DiSC. Erin is a 2012 Leadership Buffalo graduate and her commitments to the community include the WNY Women’s Foundation, Fifty Fabulous Women Giving Network, SABAH, Susan G. Komen of WNY, and Junior Achievements. Her varied accomplishments led to her receiving the prestigious “40 under 40” award from Business First.

Christie Joseph

Christie Joseph is a passionate and influential SVP of People and Business Administration with over 20 years of human resources experience. Christie is responsible for overseeing human resources for Pegula Sports and Entertainment, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, KeyBank Center, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Americans, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester Knighthawks, LECOM Harborcenter, Academy of Hockey, and Hospitality operations in New York.  Christie has been with the organization since 2014.

Christie has worked for companies in multiple industries including sports and entertainment, technology sales and distribution, oil and gas, healthcare and retail.  She graduated from Oswego State University with a bachelor’s degree in human resource management, is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resources Certification Institute, is a certified Strategic Human Resources Business Partner through the Human Capital Institute, and was awarded the HR Professional of the Year award in 2012 from the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association.

Christie is also on the Pro Sports Assembly Board, the Niagara University Employer Partnership Board, and the Gymnastics Unlimited Board.  Christie lives in West Seneca, NY with her husband (Tim) and two children (Danny and Gianna) who keep them very busy with gymnastics, hockey, and soccer.

We are looking forward to talking with these powerhouse women!

Kelly Cultrara, Erin Johnson and Christie Joseph

April 28 @ 8:30 am 10:00 am

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