Confections in Chocolate Gala Gets Going

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s 31st Annual Confections in Chocolate Gala will be held on Saturday, March 9, at Glen Sanders Mansion. Over the past five years, the event has hosted over 1,500 guests.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York will celebrate its 31st annual Chocolate fundraising gala form 5:30-11 p.m. on Saturday (3/9). This year’s theme is “The Enchanted Garden, Where Hope Grows.”

A highlight of the event is the arrangement of chocolate desserts donated by local executive and pastry chefs. There are over 10 different bakeries committed to bringing the Capital Region the best of the best chocolate desserts. They range from Chocolate Chip Bundt Cakes to Gluten Free Mousse Cakes. The black-tie-optional gala attracts more than 300 people annually and affords chefs an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Proceeds from the event are used to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s program and services including educational programs, advocacy, support networks and counseling. Tickets are available online here.

To contact the agency for more information about being a part of the chocolate dessert display, contact Kennedy at

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects one in fifty children and one in one hundred adults and is defined as having two or more recurring seizures; it can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. Epilepsy is more common than Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined. Services provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York include education and training of school personnel and students, public education and awareness, service coordination, advocacy, counseling and first aid training.

About the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc: We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization  that provides direct assistance to thousands of people with epilepsy each year in twenty-two counties across the  Capital Region, North Country, and the Upper Hudson Valley. Other services include public education and training, school education programs, service coordination, advocacy and counseling. Your support of the Foundation allows us to continue our important work on behalf of the more than 45,000 people affected by epilepsy in our area.


2019 Women of Excellence Announced


Six women who have achieved success in their professional careers and dedicated themselves to community service will join the prestigious ranks of the Capital Region Chamber’s “Women of Excellence” at the 28th annual luncheon on Thursday, May 30.

The Women’s Business Council (WBC) of the Chamber received many outstanding nominations from throughout our region. The selection committee is different each year and is comprised of prior Women of Excellence award recipients. This year’s honorees are:

Distinguished Career
Paula Stopera,
CAP COM Federal Credit Union

Excellence in the Professions
Sujata Chaudhry,
Tangible Development 

Excellence in Management
Janine Robitaille, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless

Excellence in Business Development
Daquetta Jones,
YWCA of the Greater Capital Region 

Excellence in Business
Kat Koppett,
Koppett & Company/MopCo Improv Theatre

Emerging Professional
Victoria Baecker,

“This year’s Women of Excellence Award honorees demonstrate strong commitment to work, community service and their families,” said Mark Eagan, Chamber CEO. “They have distinguished themselves among their peers and are setting an example for everyone in business by enjoying professional success and personal fulfillment. We are proud to honor them as Women of Excellence.”

The event’s presenting sponsors are CAP COM Federal Credit Union, GE, MVP Health Care and Rivers Casino & Resort. The media partner is the Times Union’s Capital Region Women@Work.

5 Things We Love About Winter Living in the Capital Region

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

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This time of year, when memories of boating on Adirondack lakes and poolside cookouts are a distant memory, we need to find solace in our living environment.

I am an Ambassador with the Capital Region Chamber. I have not been doing this long but I have had such fun learning about businesses in this area. I witnessed first-hand how pools are made, and this week stepped on the ice to learn curling, yes curling!

Being an Ambassador, I have welcomed new businesses, shared a few cups of coffee, and spoke of the grace of living here, in the winter. So here are 5 things I love about winter living in the Capital Region.

It is beautiful. Season change is a benefit of northeast living and winter is spectacular. Yes, it can be cold and dark but when it snows and the flakes fall to their own rhythm, it is magic.

There is a lot to do. Really. There is! There are food festivals, craft fairs, hikes in the woods and the Women’s Business Council is full of fun. Check out this one: Make Your Life an Exclamation! Not an Explanation.

Meeting up with someone you have not seen in a while. Everyone loves a good hot cup of Joe or tea! Reach out to a new business or a friend that maybe you can collaborate with and share some good old tea time!

Trying something new. Specifically, the Women’s Business Council has committees for everyone. It lets you stretch your legs and use your skills to so something great! E-mail Marna Redding or call 518.431.1421 to learn more!

Getting to know your community. Social media has events listed, college games posted, and local traditions available for all. Volunteer with a local charity. Our 2019 adopted nonprofit, The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York is looking for raffle prices for the luncheon.  Read more and help us out!

So, are you feeling the Capital Region (winter) love? I knew you would.

Have a great day!

Conde Nast to launch Vogue Business for fashion industry execs

Photo: Courtesy of ""Vogue Business." After years of issues of low magazine circulation, the fashion industry reinventing ways to talk fashion to the modern masses.

Yesterday, Conde Nast International launched Vogue Business, a fashion industry title that is aimed at professionals. Vogue Business will start as a newsletter, rather than a website, aiming for a niche audience over having broad reach.

Read more on what Vogue Business entails here.

What I have learned in two weeks: Tech Valley Young Professionals Network

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


It has been just about two weeks since our kickoff meeting of the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network (YPN). This is a dynamic group of mentors matched with mentees looking to learn from each other and grow as individuals and professional people.

Allyson is my mentee. She is a dynamic and intelligent young woman. I love her energy and outlook. We have met for coffee a few times and have collaborated on our list of things we want to do and learn from each other. I find the conversations so easy and from the mentor standpoint, I smile at the recognition of skills and life lessons I have learned in my 30 years of professional experience.

While at that initial kick-off breakfast, our table of 8 became a group in and of itself. We are meeting March 1st to see how we are all doing and check in on what we have learned so far. Our horizons are getting clearer and broader.

Here is a quick snapshot of the past two weeks:

  • I am reading the book Curious by Ian Leslie. The author speaks of challenging your curiosity and the role curiosity plays as a mental muscle!
  • Podcasts: Who knew there are so many options to view and listen to. I am actually inspired to start my own! Thanks Allyson!
  • Allyson and I spoke about effectively communicating in the workplace with all types of people at all levels in the organization.
  • Goals: We both have goals personally and professionally and we talked about setting goals and making them a reality. She is awesome!
  • Training and professional growth. What are our options, and can we do something together?

If you have ever been inspired to work with others and share your knowledge of both wins and losses, try the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network(YPN).  You will be a better person and perhaps share your ideas and visions with someone and make a difference. It is time well spent!

YPN, a workforce development initiative, helps connect, develop, and empower young professionals in New York’s Capital Region. It offers professional development, networking, and civic engagement opportunities to ensure a strong talent pipeline in Tech Valley.

If you are a young professional looking to get involved in our community and develop yourself professionally, e-mail Brandi Landy or call 518.431.1414 to get involved in YPN!

New Board Members Announced for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York

Catharine Potvin, of Slingerlands, is the Owner and President of Stragility, LLC. Catharine brings strong entrepreneurship and strategy development to the group. She will be of great assistance to their annual Golf Tournament as she plans to recruit more golfers to the event, including a team of female golfers. Melissa D’Andrea, of Saratoga, is a Sales and Account Executive with Currier, McCabe & Associates, Inc. Melissa brings sound interpersonal skills to the board, along with fundraising experience. The annual Walk to End Epilepsy will benefit greatly from her passionate drive. Both women are well-developed professionals and will assist the Foundation honorably.

The Epilepsy Foundation has a volunteer Board of Directors. Members have a variety of professional backgrounds. If you are interested in sharing your time and talents to further the mission of our organization, please complete a Board of Directors Membership Application and forward it with a copy of your resume to:

Jeannine Garab, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205 or you may forward it electronically to:

Board members are required to become members of the Foundation, attend regularly scheduled board meetings, support fundraising events and serve on 1-2 committees.

“Why it is so important for a leader to continuously grow new capabilities” With Charlotte Mary Brown

As the old saying goes, “you never really stop learning.”

Thrive Global recently sat down with Charlotte Mary Brown, CEO and President of VSNRY; a millennial management consultancy, to discuss how she is always developing her own strengths and capabilities, personally and professionally, so she can be a more effective leader and businesswoman.

Read the article here.