Member Spotlight: Becky Daniels, Director of Community Engagement of CAP COM Federal Credit Union

Becky Daniels recently joined the team at CAP COM Federal Credit Union as the Director of Community Engagement, overseeing the areas of community impact, public relations and business development. Prior to CAP COM, Becky served as the first Executive Director of Discover Schenectady, the tourism promotion agency for Schenectady County, founded in 2016.

Outside of work, Becky is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Schenectady City School District Education Foundation, a member of the NextGen Committee for the Albany Symphony Orchestra, serves on event committees for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Ellis Hospital and is a proud founding member of the Palette Café community and sustaining member of the Junior League of Albany. She currently lives in Schenectady with her beloved rescue dog, Izzie.

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

When the weather is nice, I like to take my dog for a walk and soak up some sunshine. If outdoors isn’t in the cards, though, I often opt for a quick yoga flow. And if I’m craving some stillness, I’ll grab a book or take a mental break with an episode of Friends or Schitt’s Creek. 

What do you love most about what you do?

While I’m only about a month in to my new role at CAP COM, I can already tell you that I love the people I work with! The teamwork and collaboration that I get to be a part of is absolutely amazing – particularly in the age we’re in of working remotely. No matter the project, it has been amazing to see how our people and teams come together for the benefit of our members and our community. 

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

I would tell myself to trust the process and your experiences! I could never have imagined the twists and turns of my life, but each one of them, happy or sad, has led me to a really wonderful place. At the time, I’m sure I would have fast-forwarded through some of the tougher times, but they have made me who I am today, and I would not trade any of it. I would also add to slow down and savor the journey- the older I get, the faster time seems to move!

What have you gained from being a member of the Women’s Business Council?

I love connecting with other women! I am a firm believer that we learn best from the experiences of others and I have gained so much great knowledge, insight and confidence from many of the women I’ve connected with or seen present at WBC programming. It’s vital, as women, that we all take time to learn from each other and lift one another up– and the WBC is a fantastic outlet for that! 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

You cannot pour from an empty cup! I have re-learned this lesson time and again, but it is so important to ensure we are confident stewards of our own mental and physical health. Weathering the tough times that life throws at all of us is so much easier when we have a good relationship with ourselves and cultivate the tools we need to overcome challenges.

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