How These 5 Multimillionaires and Billionaires Deal With Burnout

Stress on the job is an occupational hazard that everyone has to deal with. The term of “burning out” comes when you reach a point of peak physical, mental and emotional stress that makes you want to throw in the towel.

Since quitting is isn’t usually an option, here is what 5 multi-millionaires and billionaires, who spoke with Entrepreneur, suggest what you should do when you reach this point.

Read the article here.



Tiffany Dufu – Voices in the Crowd


 Shakeema Harris, Purchasing Manager, Automate

My biggest take away is that “Dropping the Ball” is a phrase that generally has a negative connotation, but allowing yourself to “drop the ball”  has its benefits.  We hold on to things that are not as important as we perceive them, and such things can hinder us from achieving something greater.


Gemma Allen, Senior Engineer, GE Power (Last person to stand and ask a question.)
My question to Tiffany: How to prioritize and work out what to ‘drop’ when there are so many things you’re excited about doing/being involved in?

I work 4-days a week at GE Power as a Senior Engineer focused on power plant value pricing.  I have 3 young kids aged 9, 7 & 4. I teach Nia dance and meditation, which I adore and keeps me sane 😊 I sit on the Boards for some of my favorite local organizations… the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Girls Inc of the Capital District, and Women@Work magazine… all organizations doing good, impactful work in our community.  My days are full, but I struggle with where I can ‘drop the ball’ when there is so much I would like to do!

Tiffany advised going through the exercise of assessing what activities give the most value to the world. By reflecting on what is the “highest and best use” of your time, you can be sure to align your values with your impact. If we make a list of everything we would like to achieve in a 24-hour cycle, the chances are it sums up to more than 24 hours of activity. It is only through getting clear and specific on your values, and prioritizing your activities, that you can ensure you are making the greatest impact on your life mission.

Don’t miss the upcoming WBC event: “Voices in the Crowd” on November 13th at 11:30 at the Century House. Women will be telling their own personal stories of triumph live on stage, without notes.  You don’t want to miss it! Sign up here.

For more information on the WBC, please contact Marna Redding, V.P. Member Services, Capital Region Chamber at

Kudos to Angela Dixon



Angela Dixon, Vice President, Talent and Inclusion at the Capital Region Chamber, has been chosen to the Inaugural class of the Business Leads Fellowship Program.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently launched the new premier business leadership program to help address the most pressing education and workforce issues.

Dixon was chosen as one of 35 following a competitive application and selection process with more than 140 total applicants.

Read more about the program here.

True Stories, Told Live

On Tuesday, November 13th, the Women’s Business Council is hosting a one of a kind event featuring women telling their personal stories, live on stage. 

Last spring, Jackie Scheffer, WBC Chair had a unique idea that was based off of her love for the Moth Podcast where true stories are told live. With the help of Meredith Chimento, a member of the WBC’s Program Committee and Christina Thyssen, the Voices in the Crowd was created.

Christina Thyssen is a story coach, a SUNY Albany professor and the producer of On the Fly Story Slam in Hudson, NY.  On the Fly stories are told, not read.  The stories are real-life personal narratives.

In an interview with Christina, she says of storytelling, “It allows for a different pathway from the speaker to the audience…a different type of connection.”

Christine Thyssen

Christina and other WBC members listened to submissions from WBC members to invite them to tell their story on Tuesday, November 13th from 11:30 – 1:00pm at the Century House in Latham.

Register here so you can come hear our friends and colleagues share their stories in their own voice. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

For more information:

Please email Marna Redding at 

5 Things & Traits Successful Women Share.

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, President of Put Another Way.

This month I attended the Women’s Business Council’s Women of Excellence 2018 Unplugged luncheon to hear from these extraordinary women of excellence. I usually sit in the back, for no particular reason, but this time I took notice not only with the speakers, but with the audience.

As women, we often think we are the only ones feeling a certain way. Insecure. Doubtful. Unsuccessful. You know what? Each of the speakers at some point in their conversations expressed similar doubts. We are our own worst enemies when it comes to this and these women found something to help them overcome these feelings.

So, I want to share with you my observations of 5 things or traits common to these Women of Excellence during this unplugged and honest Q&A session:

Outward fearlessness. I have no doubt that fear existed at some level within these women somewhere deep in their psyche, but it did not stop them. It drove them to be successful. A little fear goes along way.

Cool and Calm. A common factor in starting a business or a new position is self-doubt and anxiety. We all share that at some level but as the old saying goes, “Never let them see you sweat!” My grandmother used to say, “That’s why the Kleenex box is in the bathroom.”

Sense of Humor. We all need to laugh at ourselves. I remember at an early point in my management career I was very frustrated with a young, challenging male sales person. He pushed me too far one day and I exclaimed, “you are so fired!” I waited until he left I and I laughed out loud at myself. We later became successful together!

Receptive to help. You cannot be everything to everyone so tap into the resources that are available to you to promote your success. Then, pay it forward and share your experiences.

Be yourself and be true to that self. It will never steer you wrong.

I hope when I look around the room at the next event, or when I look in the mirror first thing in the morning, I see strength and confidence, ready to work and support each other to be successful, no matter what that success is.

For more information on joining the WBC and/or a WBC Committee, please contact Marna Redding, Vice President of Member Services at the Capital Region Chamber, at or reach out to us via the blog or Facebook.


How To Avoid The Most Common Business Roadblocks


Did you know that only about one-third of businesses will survive to see their 10-year anniversary?

There are many reasons why a business can fail, with a lot of those reasons can be survivable if you plan accordingly. Forbes has listed the four common roadblocks business owners face and how they can overcome them so they can reach that 10-year anniversary milestone.

Read the article here.