WBC Member Spotlight: Kim Siciliano, YWCA of NorthEastern NY

Kim Siciliano is the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA NorthEastern NY. Serving as the organization’s top leader since December 2016, she has been an employee of YWCA NENY since 2001. During her 19-year tenure at the agency, she has overseen all program areas, including child care, fitness, breast cancer awareness and prevention, housing, and domestic violence. As CEO she provides guidance and supervision to six Program Directors and 70+ employees. Siciliano firmly believes in YWCA’s mission work of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Outside of work she is currently the Secretary of the Schenectady Kiwanis Club and a Past President, the Immediate Past President of the Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council Board of Directors, the Vice President of Crossroads Center for Children, and a member of the Schenectady Business & Professional Women’s Club. Additionally, she is a member of the Schenectady County COVID-19 Coalition leadership team and co-chairs the Housing and Shelter Focus Group for moving forward/re-opening. 

What do you love most about what you do?

For 16 years, I was part of the YW team as a Program Director and as part of the Leadership Team steering the destiny of our organization. Now, in year 20 as the CEO, I work with an incredible group of professional staff members who all support the mission work we do at the YW every day. For 132 years, YWCA NENY has thousands of people who came together to support our community. The rich history of the YW reminds me that whatever I do, whatever we do, as a team and as individuals, creates our legacy and our place in history here. I am proud knowing how successful we have become in just three years of my assuming the core leadership role. Our team has struggled, been in despair, found solutions, succeeded and overcome challenges together. That is an amazing feeling. Walking in and being greeted by staff, residents and clients alike, is as if this is our home away from home and we are neighbors, friends and community change agents all in one. 

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

Stay sassy! Always be yourself. Never try to be anyone else. Your success in life is directly connected to channeling the person you are meant to be into everything that you do. Trying to fit into someone else’s picture or mold of what or who you should be will only stifle your growth.  Try new things, meet new people and stand up for what you believe, even if you’re the only one talking. This too shall pass.  Life is a series of ups and downs, good days and bad days, stay the course and know that wherever you are right now is temporary. Whatever you do, do it with pizazz!

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Can’t think of just one thing! Some of the best advice I have received is that remember how you affect others, as the things you say and do may change their life and yours.  Always give support, a listening ear, and an open mind to any discussion.  Leave behind negativity and toxic situations and focus on your goals, but find time to recharge.

For more information about the YWCA, please go to: http://www.ywca-neny.org

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