Empower Camp was founded in the depths of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Sarah hiked 100km across the Gobi Desert without the comforts of home and realized that it is not the clothes she wears or her social media or anything else that defines her. What defines her is her inner power. Her inner power got her through those 9 days in the desert and her inner power will continue to allow her to chase her dreams and live boldly.
Sarah has 14 years of experience as a Camp Counselor. Sarah received her Bachelor’s of Arts in International Business from Ohio Northern University and has been working at HSBC since 2011 where she is currently a Senior Manager. Her career accomplishments include founding the HSBC US Young Professionals Association, completing the HSBC Group Graduate Leadership Program in the UK, and participating in the Leadership Buffalo Rising Leaders program. In 2017 she was a recipient of Buffalo Business First’s 30 under 30 award, in 2018 she was recognized by New York State Women Inc. as “Woman of the Month” in WNY and most recently, in 2019, she was recognized by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership as a Spotlight Professional.
Cecilia Lima is passionate about our cause and believes wholeheartedly in women reaching their full potential! Cecilia is fluent in Spanish and works at HSBC Bank.
“With the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the time is right to provide an environment that encourages young women to reach their full potential. The time is now for Empower Camp!”
Heather has always had a passion for giving back to her community with a special interest in empowering young women. She has worked with several groups for young women including Community Missions Girls Circle, BCAT Young Women Empowerment Group and Youth Mentoring Services Girls to Women program. She has participated in Leadership Niagara, United Way Board Governance Training and the WomenElect program. Heather is currently the Office Manager at Cullen Foundation, a private foundation in Buffalo that awards grants to support education and performing arts.
"Girls are so much stronger than they even know. I want to encourage them to push past their comfort zones, try new things and not be afraid to fail. I want to help them achieve the confidence to be themselves and not worry about what others think. I want to empower them to take control of their lives and inspire them to be exactly who they want to be."
Jim Bachwitz saw the Empower Camp idea emerge from countless Daughter-Father walks and talks. A lifelong advocate for women empowerment, Jim is the proud father of two strong, independent and fierce young women.
Jim has been Vice President at Adelman Research Group, a leading market research and insights company in WNY for over 20 years. Currently serving on the board of Empower Camp, Jim also is a board member and past-president of Just Buffalo Literary Center.
“Our only limitation in life is the doubt we create in our own mind. We all are capable of scaling the highest mountains and walking the most challenging paths as long as we continually push doubt out of our minds.”
Emma Hartman has a fierce passion for camp life...eleven years as a camper and now three years as a counselor, she knows the ins and outs of camp! Emma is a registered nurse at Gates Vascular Institute.
”I want to let young women know that beauty means so many different things and strong women is the new norm. When I was a young woman, I spent so much time thinking I was "less than" instead of celebrating my unique qualities! My hope is to help other young women skip the "less than" phase and get right to being proud of their differences.”
Katie is extremely passionate about helping women succeed and thrive. She recently completed her first year as a camp counselor, and saw the power of listening and trusting your inner voice. From that experience, Katie strives to impart that knowledge of believing in one’s self to have the courage to stand up and share their thoughts and passion. Katie has several years of leadership experience at HSBC and American Eagle, where she takes the initiative on projects and continuously trains and develops her colleagues to have the knowledge and confidence needed to excel in their roles.
Every action we take is based on fulfilling our vision of a world where young women radiate strength, have the courage to speak up, and are empowered to create the life they want to lead.
We value everyone’s roles and opinions and strive to make Empower Camp a welcoming community.
We will ensure that women, regardless of background or socioeconomic status, will have the opportunity to participate in Empower Camp programs.
We take responsibility for our actions, words and commitments.
We will radiate positive energy in how we conduct ourselves at all Empower Camp activities.
Feedback is a gift. We value the thoughts and opinions of all stakeholders to best meet the needs of our organization.
We embrace change and growth in every aspect of our organization.