CAP COM to partner with YWCA of the Greater Capital Region for annual BIG Benefit Raffle


CAP COM Federal Credit Union and its charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, will be announcing the launch of the 2018 BIG Benefit Raffle. Twice a year the Credit Union runs a two month campaign where a maximum of 4,000 raffle tickets are sold. Tickets are open to both members and non-members of the Credit Union, and are sold for $25 each. This year’s Spring Raffle starts on March 1st and will run through May 2nd or when tickets sell out.

The BIG Benefit Raffle will raise a grand total of $100,000 and the funds are distributed in three ways.  $21,000 will be awarded to eight community winners for large cash prizes between $1,000 and $10,000. $10,000 will be awarded to the 2018 beneficiary, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, and the remaining $69,000 will all be distributed to year-round foundation funding to CAP COM’s more than 100 community partners.

Picking YWCA-GCR as the 2018 beneficiary helps tell a story with members when they purchase their raffle tickets at branches, while allowing CAP COM to share the great work of some of their community pillars and partners. Sharing that impact story puts a tangible cause in front of the members. The $10,000 will support YWCA-GCR’s Centennial Celebration Building Fund “100 Challenge” for their beautiful nearly 100-year-old building to continue to be a source of support, hope and empowerment for women and families in our community.

Since 1883, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region has served women in the City of Troy and Greater Capital Region areas. For the past 100 years their building at 21 First Street in Troy, NY has been the start of positive change for thousands of local women and children. Programs offered in this building by YWCA-GCR are designed to help women prepare for school and employment through economic advancement programs. It provides affordable, safe and supportive transitional and permanent housing, food security services, homelessness prevention, and advocates for gender, justice and racial equity.  Today, they are one of the area’s largest providers, of affordable and supportive housing to more than 100 single women and women with children that would otherwise be homeless or living in substandard housing.

CAP COM Community Relations Manager, Amanda Goyer said, “We are thrilled to partner with the YWCA-GCR to help them continue to deliver crucial services that are life-changing for individuals in our Region. The YWCA’s programs create impact that last. They help women and children get back on their feet and stay on their feet so they can sustain a productive lifestyle. The longevity of the YWCA’s impact is so important, and one of the reasons why the CAP COM Cares Foundation feels so strongly about getting behind their mission.”

“We are proud and grateful for CAP COM selecting YWCA of the Greater Capital Region as the 2018 Spring Big Benefit Raffle Benefactor! The campaign will not only benefit YWCA-GCR but a plethora of Nonprofits across the Capital Region. This opportunity came at a perfect time as YWCA-GCR is celebrating the centennial celebration of our beautiful building in downtown Troy. The proceeds from the campaign will used for our Centennial Building Fund to reinvest in our beautiful building where women and children reside and the community is served”, stated Daquetta Jones, Executive Director, YWCA-GCR.

The cash prize drawing will be held May 16th at the CAP COM headquarters at 4 Winners Circle, Albany, at noon. The $10,000 check will also be awarded to YWCA-GCR at this time. The annual BIG Benefit Raffle is one of three large CAP COM fundraisers held annually.


How To Win Friends And Influence People In 2018

stanislav-komsky-business-networkingSometimes the elevator pitch is not always the best course of action when it comes to networking.

Forbes recently published an article on 6 ways you can have a more meaningful conversation with someone you want to work with professionally.

Read the article here.

Pro tip: Always remember that there is time to network before and after WBC events. You can use these tips at one of our future events!

YWCA-GCR Marks Building’s Centennial

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From the desk of Jenifer Whiston:

This year marks the Centennial Celebration of the building housing YWCA of the Greater Capital Region (May 8, 1918 to May 8, 2018).  This is the perfect time to reflect on how this building has changed the lives of women on their journey to improving themselves and providing a better life for their children.

For the past 100 years, this building has been the start of positive change for thousands of local women and children. Programs offered in this building by YWCA-GCR are designed to help women prepare for school and employment through economic advancement programs. It provides affordable, safe and supportive transitional and permanent housing, food security services, homelessness prevention, and advocates for women’s’ rights, justice, and pay and racial equity.

Join us each month in 2018 for a yearlong centennial celebration. YWCA-GCR is participating in Troy Night Out on the last Friday of each month from 5 to 9 pm in 2018, which is organized by the Downtown Troy BID to celebrate our history and life-changing impacts in our beautiful 21 First Street building. There will be tours or engaging family activities to celebrate our history, and our long ties to the City of Troy and Greater Capital Region. Stop by and experience first-hand the history and importance of this building in our community and to the women and families who come and or call YWCA-GCR home.

Important Dates :

  • February 23, 2018 – Guided tours & a stop on the Downtown Troy BID “Amazing Race Trivia Night”
  • March 30, 2018 – Guided tours
  • April 27, 2018 – Trivia Night with Tara Whittle
  • May 8, 2018 – Press Conference
  • May 25, 2018 – Play: SRO by Creative Action Unlimited, written/directed by Michael Kennedy

Today we ask you to join us in our efforts to continue building a healthy and strong community in downtown Troy for the next 100 years by supporting the 2018 Centennial Celebration Building Fund.  By taking up the 100 Challenge and making a donation today you can help YWCA-GCR reach our goal of $100,000.

With your support, we will be able to continue to be a catalyst for positive change in this community.  By accepting the 100 Challenge, every woman who walks through these doors will have the opportunity to experience the hope, support, and empowerment that YWCA-GCR brings to our community.

With your donation, you will be a part of success stories that unfold every day at YWCA-GCR.  Thank you for being a part of the stories of today, and providing the foundation for new stories over the next 100 years.   You can donate securely online at or by downloading the pledge sheet at

We encourage you to call us anytime at (518) 274-7100 or email if you have questions about the Centennial Celebration or any of our other events or programs.



Announcing the 2018 Women of Excellence

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We are thrilled to announce the recipients of our 2018 Women of Excellence Awards! Congratulation to this year’s honorees:

Distinguished Career
Nancy Martin

Excellence in the Professions
Gretchel Hathaway, Ph.D.
Union College

Excellence in Management
CMSgt Amy Giaquinto
New York National Guard

Excellence in Business Development
Rayn Boncie
Things of My Very Own, Inc.

Excellence in Business
Christina Wolfe Snyder
Wolfes Cleaning Services at The Falls

Emerging Professional
Gretchen Meyer
Gretchen Meyer Financial

These six amazing women will be honored at the 27th annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Click here to reserve your tickets now.

Read more about the Women of Excellence selection process in last month’s blog post featuring Kelsey Carr, a 2015 Woman of Excellence and current co-chair of the Women’s Business Council’s Women of Excellence Committee. Stay tuned to the WBC Voice Blog to learn more about the women joining the prestigious ranks of the Chamber’s Women of Excellence this year!

Meet Janice Bryant Howroyd, the first African American woman to run a $1-billion business


“Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally.”  – Janice Bryant Howroyd

The Los Angeles Times wrote an in-depth profile on Janice Bryant Howroyd, the first African American woman to run a billion dollar company, as the founder and CEO of Act 1 Group. She talks about her background, how she started her billion dollar business and the hostile climate women face today.

Read her story here.

Voices in the Crowd Call For Entries

Have you ever been so captivated by someone’s personal story that it changed your outlook on life, the way you interact with others, how you conduct business, what goals you set for yourself? Join the Women’s Business Council for a captivating group of stories inspired by Moth Radio that will expose you to a powerful network of people in this Region who you may have never seen or heard from before!

Hear short, live stories relating to the business world presented by 7  “storytellers” who will voice their varying perspectives and personal journeys relating to their careers – some making brave, hard choices where other paths may have been paved by an aha moment. All stories will stir the fearlessness in you and leave you with actionable advice you can pack up “to go”!

Submit Your Story!

In preparation for our Voices in the Crowd event, we want to hear from you! Please share your story and you could be chosen to be featured as a speaker at our event on November 13, 2018! Your story should be told from your heart, in a short concise manner, two minutes total. No cliffhangers please! Your story should in some way tie back to business in order to align with the true mission of the Women’s Business Council.

Story Theme: Risky Business

“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done,” said author Tiffany Dufu. What story do you have that aligns with taking risks and reaping rewards in business? We want to hear it!

How to Share:

Call our Voices in the Crowd Submission Portal: 518-992-6511

Be prepared to share the following via voice message:

Name, Phone Number, Email Address, Your Story-In a Short 2 Minute Pitch

Deadline for Submissions:

April 30, 2018

Chosen “Voices in the Crowd” will be notified in June, 2018.

Here are some story telling tips and tricks from Moth Radio, our inspiration for this event!

Here’s What To Do When Common Career Advice Doesn’t Work For You


It goes without saying that every person is unique. We all come from different backgrounds, have varying personalities and have had our own share of experiences that shape us to who we are today, so why should we think that all of the standard career advice out there works for everyone?

Navigating the professional world, no matter what age, can be tricky. Fast Company has given out 4 tips to help you achieve the career you want when the usual pieces of advice just aren’t cutting it.

Read the article here.