Lessons from the Women of Excellence

As I sat listening to the award recipients at this year’s Women of Excellence, the gentleman sitting next to me, Senator Neil Breslin, and I commented after each acceptance speech, “Wow. That was good.” Each amazing woman shared a piece of themselves, insight to the challenges they have faced, goals they have accomplished and their source of strength and inspiration to succeed. It was impossible not to be caught by the confidence in which they delivered their message. Whether it was about persevering as a woman in a role or industry not common for women or overcoming racial bias during the Jim Crow era and beyond or finding balance in career and family, these women spoke from the place of experience and conviction. I was left not only inspired by their stories, but challenged by their words to follow my own inner passion to succeed at whatever path that calls me for family, career or community. As Trudy Hall suggested about being recognized as a Woman of Excellence, the expectation is that we keep raising the bar, aiming higher, helping others, living fuller.

Susan escaped the camera at the WOE event but here are some of her WBC pals (L-R) Sujata Chaudhry, Brandi Miller, Paula Heller, Jennifer Regan, and Anissa Hochberg.
Susan escaped the camera at the WOE event but here are some of her WBC pals (L-R) Sujata Chaudhry, Brandi Miller, Paula Heller, Jennifer Regan, and Anissa Hochberg. Photo credit Times Union.

Thank you to all of the family, friends, businesses, community and political leaders who attended the luncheon to celebrate and honor the Women of Excellence. We are grateful for your generosity in donating to our adopted nonprofit, the St. Paul’s Center. And thanks to our sponsors CAP COM Federal Credit Union, GE and MVP Health Care, Times Union Women@Work and Open Stage Media at Proctors for video production.

On June 10, the WBC holds our annual Membertini where we welcome members and nonmembers to meet over lite fare and specialty cocktails in a fun atmosphere. Lord & Taylor, our sponsor, is hosting us in their new location at Crossgates Mall. Come learn about the WBC, meet our steering committee, and pick up fashion tips and coupons for shopping. Register here. The $5 registration fee goes to our adopted nonprofit, the St. Paul’s Center. Hope to see you there!

Susan Radzyminski, chair

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