Voices in the Crowd From “There is No Finish Line: Defining Success through Passion and Purpose”

Becky Daniels, ED Discover Schenectady
I really loved the question posed to our table about motivation and the change that happens when you’re able to reframe your motivation from “working harder” to “adding value.” Coming from a previous job in a corporate environment, I struggled to feel like my contributions made a tangible impact on my company or community. Transitioning to a role with an organization where I can see every day that what I do is making a difference to my community has, without a doubt, made me want to work harder, rather than working more for the sake of working more. My new role as the Executive Director of Discover Schenectady aligns my professional skills and abilities, with my personal passion for growing and giving back to the community that I love and call home. Aligning my work with my values and passion has been a game-changer for me and I cannot imagine doing anything else.


Adrianne Rickson, Director of Career Services, Maria College
My mission in life is to motivate students, family, and friends to make their life their own; you can do anything, so take the reins, and do what you love to do.  There is only one person in this world that will take the very best care of us and that is us, so look in that mirror and have a conversation with that person.  When the speaker addressed Mission, Passion, and Purpose… My mission is to have passion and purpose in everything that I do, every single day…and to practice what I preach!




Alyssa Stevens
Marketing Major, Class of 2019
The College of Saint Rose, Huether School of Business
My biggest takeaway from the WBC event was the message of the guest speaker, Jaime Butler Binley. As a marketing student, I really gained insight into what success means, from a woman in business. I liked how she stressed that there is no finish line to success. We can have big goals that take years to fulfill, but if we set small obtainable goals to meet over time we are successful at every step of the way. For me, this was very helpful because I am often overwhelmed by my large goals, as a junior in college looking for internships I have faith that I will meet my goal of becoming a social media marketing manager through time. You are always learning and growing and it is important to never give up on your dreams no matter what stage of life you are in.

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