Barbara Smith, City of Albany distinguished career
“My major challenge is being born as a black person in the United States in the era of Jim Crow. But my major challenge has been to negotiate the very, very troubled waters of race and racism in the U.S. and I have devoted my life through my work in trying to help to find better ways and solutions for the negative context in which race continues to show itself.”
Trudy Hall, Emma Willard School excellence in the professions
“You have to always make the choice that will make the story a more interesting one. There’s a great speech that I heard someone make a long time ago:. She said, “I have only one goal: I want to be an interesting old woman.” The only way to be interesting is by making interesting choices and the only way to be old is to make prudent choices.”
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Miriam Dushane, Linium Staffing excellence in management (1-99)
“I get the opportunity to learn about other companies and other businesses in the Capital Region. I have uncovered and become associated with organizations I never in my wildest dreams even knew existed. I’ve met so many fascinating and interesting people.”
Denise Gonick, MVP Health Care excellence in management (100+)
“You have to stay curious. There’s always more to learn. Be true to your own self and the unique talents that you bring. Sometimes we have ideas about what success is supposed to look like and that can trip us up. And be willing to take some risks. I think you learn a lot by the things that don’t go your way.”
Did you know that Ann B. Davis (1926-2014), “Alice” from the Brady Bunch, was born in Schenectady, NY? “Alice” was the Brady’s – and America’s – housekeeper, a position that, still today, ranks in the top 25 positions held by women employed full-time. In that role, women make 99% of the compensation men in those same positions make. Women make 100% of the salary of men as preschool or kindergarten teachers – because the US Department of Labor reports no men serving in that profession. Read sobering statistics about the disparity in compensation for men and for women for 25 different jobs. The most common profession for women is “secretaries and administrative assistants,” and yet women in those roles earn, on average, only 84.5% of a what men in that position earn. Read more here, but let’s see what we can do to help each other out!
Laura Petrovic, Hilton Garden Inn, Troy excellence in sales and marketing
“I am in awe that I’ve been chosen because I have been going to this lunch for a very long time and every time I leave I’m like, What am I doing with my life? These women are amazing. So it means that obviously I’m doing what I should be in terms of my job.”