WBC Member Spotlight: Miriam Dushane, Alaant Workforce Solutions

Meet Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions She is currently Board Chair of Albany Can Code. She is also on the board of the Tech Valley High School Foundation and has served the WBC Steering Committee. In 2015, she was recognized as a Woman of Excellence by the Capital Region Chamber and in 2017, she was honored by the Albany Business Review as one of its Women Who Mean Business.

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

At the office, I rarely have free time, but when I do, I try to reconnect with my team. I’ll sit down and ask them how their day is going, or talk about weekend plans. Or if I can I will have lunch with them- many times we eat as a group and I love catching up with them on a personal level. It also depends on the time of year- in summer, at work- I use any excuse I can get to get outside and breathe some fresh air. If I’m home you’ll find me walking the dogs (I call them “my girls”), gardening or something like that. In winter, if I’m not “tidying up” the house, I’m hanging with my husband binge watching something on TV.

What do you love most about what you do?

The people and the variety. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to help someone find a new job or improve their career and income. I love being able to help companies find the people they need to complete their mission. I love learning about new companies and what they do as a business, it is truly amazing how much diversity in companies and business that is actually in our region.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Wow! I have never really thought about that- I guess I would tell her to follow her gut and instincts and not to worry she will thrive.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Thinking back, I have been blessed to have been surrounded by so many positive influences on my life and career. If I have to pick one- it would be from Susan Hollister, my very first boss who hired me in HR ( with literally NO experience), telling me to pursue a career in recruiting. Well, I took her advice, focused in that area and today I am a partner/owner in a recruiting firm! I think that is the best advice I’ve ever gotten!

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