What are you going to say no to this year?

Screen-Shot-2015-12-10-at-6.00.03-PMAs a California transplant, I struggle with Upstate New York winters.

When I moved here, I decided to embrace winter by learning to ski, ice fish and snow shoe. While it will probably never be my favorite season, I have come to appreciate the beauty of winter and the thrill of trying new things – even when 5-year-olds cruise by me on the ski slopes. As we make our New Year’s resolutions and gear up to try new things, I encourage you to check out all that the Women’s Business Council (WBC) has to offer.

The WBC is a dynamic council comprising more than 1,000 members that support women in business by planning thought-provoking programs, fostering networking opportunities and supporting a local nonprofit organization. This year’s Adopted Nonprofit is Capital Roots (http://www.capitalroots.org/), whose mission is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh food and green spaces for all. (Read their introductory note here.)

I am honored and excited to serve as the 2016 Chair of the WBC and to continue the great momentum created by Susan Radzyminski and the 2015 Steering Committee. With the affiliation of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber and the Chamber of Schenectady County, the newly formed Capital Region Chamber, provides an opportunity to expand the WBC’s reach throughout the region and to provide even more resources to women in the workplace.

Our 2016 program committee, chaired by Jackie Sheffer and Amanda Goyer, is already hard at work planning programs to educate and inspire us. We are kicking off the year with Albany Med Cardiologist, Dr. Suzie Mookherjee, who will challenge us to be more authentic so that we can balance priorities, deepen partnerships and embrace good stress. As a recovering people-pleaser and perfectionist, I can’t wait to hear what Dr. Mookherjee has to say. I have already started to think about what I need to say no to this year so that I can free up time to pursue what’s most important to me. I hope that you will join us next Tuesday and keep in touch right here on our WBC Voice blog.

Happy New Year!

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