CAP COM Congratulates 2019 and 2020 Adopted Nonprofits

From the desk of Kate Fruscione, Public Relations Strategist at CAP COM Federal Credit Union.

On behalf of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, the presenting sponsor of the Capital Region Chamber Women’s Business Council we’d like to congratulate The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York and The Food Pantries for the Capital District for being named the 2019 and 2020 Adopted Nonprofits!

We look forward to working with you and helping spread your mission across the Capital Region for the years to come.


51 Great Questions to Ask in an Interview

You know it’s coming. At the end of every job interview, the HR personnel or the hiring manager always asks “So do you have any questions for us?”

You know you have to ask questions. As a potential employee, you need to make sure the position and the company is the right fit for you. The Muse has put together a list of 10 questions you can ask that not only keep you informed about the position, but shows the company your interest in the job as well.

Read the article here.

5 Things You Can Do This Holiday Season

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

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It is coming whether we are ready or not. Holidays can be stressful and challenging. As women, we so often take on the burden of home, office, and family and by the time we are ready to have some fun, the joy of it is gone.

Let’s not do that anymore, ok?

Here are 5 things we can all do to get through this holiday season and welcome 2019 with a healthy and fresh mindset.

Relax– This is a special time of year to remember the things we are thankful for. Don’t worry about the holiday dinner or gifts. Friends and family are simply happy to spend time with you over a pizza, coffee, or a holiday dinner.

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Learn– Learn from the years of stress we have put on ourselves when at the end, you are sitting with the people in your life that matter, and no one cares that you didn’t spend a fortune or struggle in the kitchen over a rack of lamb.

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Plan– Look ahead to 2019 and remember what you learned from the holiday season of 2018. You are ready for the new year and any holiday season that comes along.

And perhaps you can…

Give– I usually spend some time in the beginning of each year looking at the charities that are important to me and see how I can give my time, and resources to support these groups. The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region is the 2018 Adopted Nonprofit of the Women’s Business Council. It has been a personally rewarding experience learning about the YWCA and the unbelievable, tireless efforts they make each day to enrich women’s lives.

Please spread…

Love. That’s all. Plain and simple. Be mindful and be kind. Happy holidays and best in 2019!

Note: Interested in doing more and learning about how to become more active in your community? Contact Marna at  and join the Women’s Business Council!

Chair Chat- Jackie’s Last Post – Lessons Learned from Great White Sharks

From the desk of Jackie Sheffer, 2018 Chair of the Women’s Business Council.

First and foremost I would like to thank my Vice Chair, Amanda Goyer, for standing with me over the past year to lead an amazing group of Women. Thank you to all of the committee co-chairs and committee members for all that you do to make the WBC a powerhouse of support for women in business in the Capital Region.

The mission the Women’s Business Council is to promote the role of women in the workplace at all levels, as business and community leaders and as team members, while providing support for those challenges and issues which are unique to women in business.

While the challenges in the workplace are different for each of us, what is more important to recognize is we can solve the challenges when we honor each and every one of us as the unique individuals we are.

I have spent the last year focusing inward and will continue this journey into next year. When starting this journey I was looking to fix myself. I will be ending the year and starting 2019 with focusing on my own uniqueness, focusing on supporting and nurturing it.

The things that have helped me move forward this year:

Getting a coach – life is hard, personal and business all run together, sometimes you need an outside voice to keep you out of your own head and see reality.

Dropping the ball – I have dropped the ball when it comes to reading books; I listen to books instead. For the past couple of years, I have had piles of books on my bedroom floor glaring at me each morning and evening reminding me of all that I have not accomplished. Since l started to listen, I have read six books and have taken action on what I have learned.

Finding a partner – finding someone who is not a co-worker, business partner or life partner to be an accountability partner. I recently spent a day with my partner working on our life plans for 2019, we have scheduled quarterly meetings to keep each other on track. It needs to be someone you can talk openly with, someone that has your back but will push you.

Turning it off – turning off the negative messages in my life that do not support my uniqueness.  This also means dealing with and working through FOMO (the fear of missing out). I just deleted all social media from my phone and will be signing off of Facebook tonight. I have faith that the things and people I need to know and be a part of will come to me or I will go to them.

What is up for 2019: I am looking to live a year of gratitude and peace. I have started a gratitude journal and look forward to working on my life plan.

I would like to leave you with a little of my uniqueness to start off your New Year.

The 5 life lessons I have learned from Great White Sharks:great-white-shark-wallpaper-6

Great Whites have to keep moving – always be looking forward to the next opportunity

Great Whites cannot swim backward – stay out of the past, be present

Great Whites take sample bites – try everything in life at least once

Great Whites typically hunt 1st thing in the morning or late afternoon – get the hard sh*t done first

Great Whites are always Great Whites – believe in who you are and always show the world the REAL YOU!

Thank you all for being a part of my life in 2018, I look forward to seeing you all next year.

6 Reasons Why You Should Attend the WBC’s Adopted Nonprofit Holiday Fundraiser

We’re less than a week away from the Women’s Business Council’s Adopted Nonprofit Holiday Fundraiser and it’s the perfect opportunity to get some holiday shopping done that is all for a good case. This is the final event for the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region as our 2018 Adopted Nonprofit and they could really use our support!

At this event, there will be a silent auction along with a wine pull ($20 each) and a jingle bell necklace ($20 each) game to win a gift card tree valued at over $750. There will also be three featured raffle items: ($25 a ticket, 3 tickets for $40) that includes a night out in Albany, a night out in Schenectady and a diamond heart necklace from Northeastern Fine Jewelry. We will also be announcing who are 2019 and 2020 Adopted Nonprofits will be!

The event will take place this Tuesday, December 11th at the Century House (997 New Loudon Road, Latham) from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Register HERE!

The YWCA also would greatly appreciate it if those attending could also help by bringing new bath towels of any size and new twin sheet sets that go towards the women and children who stay at their building in Troy.

Here are 6 reasons why you should attend and participate at this year’s Holiday Fundraiser:

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Maria Sharapova Built a Business Empire Thanks to Her Winning Team

Maria Sharapova Built a Business Empire Thanks to Her Winning Team

Maria Sharapova is known for being one of the best tennis players in the world since she was a teenager. Despite not receiving a formal education, her business portfolio is quite extensive: her candy line, Sugarpova, investments with in the Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC), a sunscreen line and partnerships in technology and hospitality. Sharapova sits down with Entrepreneur to discuss how she’s able to juggle all these business ventures on top of being a pro tennis player.

Read the article here.

There’s still time to register for this year’s Adopted Nonprofit Holiday Fundraiser on Tuesday, December 11th at the Century House in Latham. Get your holiday shopping for a good cause. All proceeds from the event benefit our 2018 Adopted Nonprofit, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

Register here.

25 Lessons Business School Won’t Ever Teach You

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Business school can teach a lot when it comes to various aspects of the business world; however, it can’t teach you everything.

The Women’s Business Council develops programs that provide opportunities for women to learn and network as well as share their expertise with each other and to address the unique issues of women in business.

WBC programs help build relationships that move you forward (#3 on the list) and provide access to speakers that will teach you that there is no single path to success (#2) and the importance of risk taking (#16). To see the rest of the list, view the full article here.

Don’t forget to register to attend this year’s Adopted Nonprofit Holiday Fundraiser on Tuesday, December 11th at the Century House in Latham. Get your holiday shopping for a good cause. All proceeds from the event benefit our 2018 Adopted Nonprofit, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

Register here.