Adopted Non-Profit Volunteer Opportunities

Image result for epilepsy foundation of northeastern new yorkThe 2019 Adopted Non-Profit, The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, has volunteer  opportunities for two large events coming up: the Walk to END EPILEPSY, to be held on Sunday, September 8th at the Saratoga Spa State Park and our Golf Tournament for Epilepsy, to be held on Monday, September 23rd at Wolferts Roost Country Club.


Golf Tournament for Epilepsy

Please feel free to contact Susan Kaczynski, Director of Development at for any questions or if additional information is needed.  To register, or for more information about the events, you may visit and

Deadline for Voices in the Crowd – Friday, June 14!

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It takes courage to take a stand. For this year’s Women’s Business Council’s Voices in the Crowd, we are Rising Against the Tide. We will hear encouraging stories of people who used their voice to make an impact. Inspired by The Moth, we invite you to be captivated by true stories of courage that exist in our community.

In preparation for our Voices in the Crowd event, we want to hear from you! Please share your story and you could be chosen to be featured as a speaker at our event on November 12th. Your story should be told from your heart, in a short concise manner, 2 minutes total. Please click here for submission information HERE.

Epilepsy Foundation raises $10,582 at their Bowl to END EPILEPSY Fundraiser

From the desk of Kennedy Lawton, Marketing, Communications + Special Events Coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.

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The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York held their 28th annual bowling fundraiser, Bowl to END EPILEPSY on Monday, June 10 at Spare Time – Latham, raising $10,582. This year brought over 150 bowlers!

The evening began as bowlers all over northeastern New York flocked to Spare Time to raise funds for the foundation and raise awareness for the estimated 45,000 living with epilepsy in the 22 counties the EF serves. Members of the Albany Empire, our areas leading arena football team, signed autographs and took photographs with adoring fans.

We thank our major sponsors for this year’s event which include Times Union, WVCR 88.3 The Saint, NeuroPace, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Auto/Mate, Sonic of the Capital Region, and Greenwich Biosciences. All of the proceeds from the event are used to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s programs and services including educational programs, case management, advocacy, support networks and counseling.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc. is a non-profit organization which offers an array of services to people with epilepsy, their families and the community at large in 22 counties in northeastern New York, including the Capital Region, the North Country, and the Upper Hudson Valley.  To contact our office, please call (518) 456-7501 or visit

Four women’s soccer stars have a new goal: Building a gender-neutral lifestyle business

From left, Re-Inc co-founders Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Meghan Klingenberg. (Simon Forbes Keough/Simon Forbes Keough).

There have always been discrepancy issues when it comes to salary and recognition between men and women professional sports with the women teams and players always getting paid less, even if their teams achieve greater success.

The Washington Post sat down with three star players from the U.S. Women’s National Team in soccer, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, and Christen Press and colleague, Meghan Klingenberg, to discuss their new gender-neutral lifestyle business, Re-Inc. and how they want to use their voice to promote diversity and inclusiveness. 

Read the article here.

Mark Your Calendars for the Bowl to End Epilepsy on June 10th

From the desk of Kennedy Lawton, Marketing, Communications + Special Events Coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.

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Please join The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York for an evening of bowling, pizza, refreshments and prizes at their Bowl to End Epilepsy event on Monday, June 10th at Sparetime Latham (375 Troy-Schenectady Road).

Trophies will be awarded to the top fundraisers:  Individual, Friends & Family Team and Company Team. An event t-shirt will be given to all bowlers who raise $50 or more!

There will also be as special appearance from members of the Albany Empire, Albany’s Indoor Arena Football League football team.

Check-in opens at 5:30pm and bowling begins at 6:00pm. There is no fee to bowl; however, registration is required to reserve your lane. Please register HERE.

Collect donations online HERE or in person to hand in at the event!

Questions?  Reply to this email or call Susan at (518) 456-7501. You can also view the brochure about Bowl to End Epilepsy HERE.

5 Things About Chaos

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way, LLC

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On Tuesday, I attended the Women’s Business Council program, If You Don’t Manage Your Chaos, Your Chaos Will Manage You with Melissa Cook, Catharine Potvin, Tracy Slocum & Matt Phelps.  It was informative, eye opening and prompted some serious soul searching.

I feverishly took notes on my phone and I would like to share 5 quick thoughts on chaos, managing chaos, and living with chaos in your life.

Ask the question: Are you productive busy or chaos busy?

Great question because there is a difference. Productive busy is not always a bad thing and often times is short lived. Chaos busy? Not so much. Answer the question first and then look to examine the ways to manage or lessen your chaos. Great quote from the speakers: Every hour of planning saves 4 hours of execution. Write it down! Too much in your head? Prioritize it.

Delegation: Friend or foe?

Delegation can be a fruitful tool to manage chaos and allow you to be more productive. The speakers and the audience’s questions addressed delegation and empowerment. Many of us, myself included, are control people, (note I did not say freaks), and know we need to get things done via delegation…but for some reason, we need to get it done our way. That’s not a good thing and we know it. Teach. Empower. Let go. Try it, it can be cathartic and remember most times there is a better way.

Just say no.

Why is that so difficult? We take on more than we can do; we promise to get it done in warp speed; oh, and we charge what we think the client wants to pay. Just this morning, I had a friend say, it is only a good deal if it is good for both of you, not just the client. Just say no or maybe often an alternative.


Yes, I know, we all agree we need to communicate effectively but communication crosses multiple channels such as email, text, and face to face discussions. Communication should be consistent and simple. Focus on the topic at hand and do not creep into other topics or issues. Schedule another time for those topics.

Lists and wine.

Two great tools that do not necessarily go hand in hand. Make lists in whatever method you choose whether it is paper or electronic. There is a great deal of satisfaction that occurs when you cross off or check off a completed task.

If all else fails and you have tried everything imaginable, turn to a temporary vice such as a glass of wine. This option was quite popular during the luncheon! Vices come in many forms and afford us the luxury of shutting off while we heal our chaotic brains. I prefer a beautifully crafted cappuccino in the afternoon. Do you believe that? Nah! Wine is good.

Happy organizing!

The WBC events are very informative, empowering, and collaborative. Don’t miss out on these events.


MARNA S. REDDING | Vice President, Member Services |



Paula Stopera, Women of Excellence, Distinguished Career

Paula Stopera is a Woman of Excellence on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at CAP COM headquarters in Colonie, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz for the Times Union)

What is one thing that has inspired you in life that you think might have led you to be named a Women of Excellence?

One of the things that has inspired me in my career is my passion for people.  I am one of those people that love people from all walks of life and I enjoy getting to know people and then finding something out about them that I can help to become a reality for them.  I have loved mentoring young adults and helping them to build guiding principles for their own success.  Helping young women in the workplace to find the balance between work, relationships and raising our families.  I have loved finding the best in people and then helping them find success…I think my passion and connections with people have allowed for dreams to come true, people to succeed and business to reach levels others only read about in books.  I dreamed and delivered!

Sign up for the 28th annual Women of Excellence luncheon on May 30th here.

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