Uniland Development Company Vice President of Corporate Relations, Laura A. Zaepfel, is ranked 21st on the Buffalo Business First Power 200 Women list for 2023. The list highlights the most influential women in Western New York from a variety of industries. Marking her ninth consecutive appearance in this distinguished group, Ms. Zaepfel has been recognized on the list since its inaugural edition in 2015.
A pillar of the company since 1993, Ms. Zaepfel leads community relations, corporate philanthropy, diversity, equity and inclusion programs, as well as government relations at Uniland.
Beyond the office, she is an ambassador for a brighter Buffalo across the community. Ms. Zaepfel currently serves on the boards of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce as its past Board Chair, the Beverly Grey Business Exchange Center and the Western New York Women’s Foundation, the Canisius College Board of Trustees, and the Law Enforcement Foundation of Western New York, respectively.
Driven by her commitment to educational, recreational, and socially conscious programs, she has provided expertise to a number of other organizations that provide education and health and wellness services, as well as workforce diversity and inclusion programs in Western New York.
Among her recent accolades, Ms. Zaepfel was lauded with Buffalo Business First’s inaugural IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity Awareness) Award in 2020 and by Niagara University in 2019 with the Caritas Medal in celebration of her professional success and service to the community.
Dedicated to bringing the community together for important causes, Ms. Zaepfel has chaired the annual eight-county wide Catholic Charities Appeal and the annual Catholic Education dinner. She has also twice chaired the National Federation of Just Communities of WNY’s annual event, the Western New York Food Bank Capital Campaign, and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park Veteran Tribute Awards.