Stephanie Foreman ’07

Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science

Insurance Representative | AAA Western and Central New York | Williamsville, N.Y.

Stephanie Foreman assists clients with an array of insurance needs as a representative at AAA Western and Central New York.

She has also helped hundreds with their career futures as founder of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals.

A growing interest in stocks and investments led Foreman to a position as a financial professional associate in 2010, and, most recently, as an insurance representative, working from her office at AAA’s Amherst branch based in Williamsville.

As Foreman’s career grew, she began to notice the good things happening in Buffalo, including a resurging downtown area and other positive changes. She also noticed there were limited resources for young professionals to have a seat at the table, particularly minority professionals.

Having helped out at the Buffalo Urban League, she worked with their assistance to establish the Young Professionals chapter in 2012. The chapter serves as an empowerment forum for young professionals in the community, helping with job placement, career advancement, and networking opportunities. Foreman’s idea led to collaboration with 56 other chapters of the National Urban League Young Professionals.

“The political science program at Daemen teaches about building relationships with people to accomplish things, whether in your career or your life,” says Foreman. “I’ve always applied that to my role as a financial advisor and wanted to provide an opportunity for other young professionals to build relationships in their careers.”

The chapter supports the mission of the Buffalo Urban League by training the next generation of leaders through volunteer opportunities and political engagement, as well as personal and professional development. Young Professional members are typically between the ages of 21-40 and represent a wide variety of professions.

Foreman’s spirit of helping others translates to her participation in numerous student events at Daemen over the years.

“I gave a speech to students once in which I related being academically suspended at Daemen in my early years there because I was not applying myself,” she recalls. “I wrote to all of my professors and asked them to please advocate for me to help appeal the suspension. I promised I would not let them down and never got a grade below a B+ from then on. The lesson is success is not easy, but you have to always work at it.”