In the Capital Region, there are many opportunities for women to be recognized for their achievements in business, for their passionate advocacy, and for the leadership and resourcefulness. Women are leading the way today.
Here are some of the awards that recognize women’s accomplishments.
Women of Excellence
The Women of Excellence Award is an annual event that the Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber. The selection committee is comprised of former award recipients. There are six women chosen each year and they are honored for the following areas, Excellence in Business, Excellence in Business Development, Excellence in Management, Excellence in the Professions (for profit or non-profit sector), Distinguished Career and Emerging Professional. The deadline to nominate a woman for one of these honored awards is usually January 31. Award recipients are recognized at a luncheon in June an participate in the Women of Excellence Unplugged event in September. Sign up here.
Fuel Her Fire
Girls, Inc. will recognize their outstanding women at an evening reception on September 27 with their third annual Fuel Her Fire Awards Celebration. The distinguished individuals are recognized because they are powerful role models and mentors for others.
The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. nominates a resourceful woman or a girl on a mission who embodies the mission of YWCA-GCR by advancing the empowerment of women. They have a luncheon on October 11th honoring this year’s winner whose community and professional pursuits support the YWCA-GCR’s goals.
Women Who Mean Business
The Albany Business Review honors five accomplished business owners. The competition is in its ninth year and the women come from a number of different industries. This year the five women chosen for doing outstanding work in leadership roles will be honored at a luncheon on October 7th.
The Albany Business Review also hosts a 40 under 40 awards program that turned 18 this year. Both young men and women under the age of 40 are recognized for their unique talents in their industry.
The Times Union Women@work member organization consistently supports and highlights women’s accomplishments and achievements throughout the year with feature articles in their bi-monthly magazine and at their monthly events.
The Women’s Fund of the Capital Region is a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. The CFGCR and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region honor outstanding women of achievement with their Trailblazers Award. The proceeds from the spring luncheon are used to help struggling women achieve their goals of a college degree.
Women Making a Difference
Best Buddies of New York honors a female who balances work, family and community service and have made Best Buddies their mission. Their event is on November 4.
Lastly, WERC (Capital District Women’s Employee Resource Center) is an organization that celebrates their inspirational graduates. Their program helps women successfully find or improve their employment. Their awards luncheon is on October 3.
Readers, if you know of other awards for women in the Capital Region please let us know!