Women in Business Wednesdays 2020

Over the past few years, every Wednesday we have enjoyed the many posts that our guest bloggers have provided with links to articles that have been relevant, timely and insightful. In 2020, we are going to shift Women in Business Wednesdays to focus on and highlight our members. Please stay tuned for what is to come and details on how to be featured.

For now, I will leave you with a last look at 2019 and the progress women have made according to an annual study conducted by McKinsey and Company in partnership with LeanIn.Org. Below is an infographic from the article for a quick look and click here to read the full article.

Look around your office and change 5 things.

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

Holiday time, especially the new year, presents us all with a chance to change, renew, and start over. Not necessarily because we made mistakes or failed, but because we want to be better, do better, and implement with a fresh start on January 1st.

Here are 5 things you can think about and perhaps change in your office. I’ll use myself as an example and hope this speaks to you to look around your office and conceivably make a change.

Remove the treat jar.

I have always had candy in my office. I convinced myself I maintained this magnificent stash for ‘visitors’ yet on too many late-night projects, the candy became my dinner. This year I am swapping out the candy for some healthier options such as nuts, low-fat granola bars, and fruit. Hey, I am no saint…I still keep peanut M&M’s in the bottom drawer!

Add a plant or a fish or two.

Plants can create a feeling of wellness and health. They are beautiful to look at and can really relax a seemingly stuffy office. Just remember to water them!

Fish require a little more care. I had four fish, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Horatio and Yorick. Alas, only Shakespeare survived slightly cloudy water and an odd feeding schedule. I recently lost poor Shakespeare…  and was truly saddened.

Change the location or direction of your desk.

This is a game-changer. I promise it makes a difference. If space does not allow, change up the location of your desk lamp or printer. Mix it up a bit.

Open for a chat!

If you are in an office, do you always work with the door closed and lights low? If you have direct reports, do they shy from coming in to actually see you and chat? Open up that door and raise the blinds! You will be surprised by what you learn about people when you actually sit face to face to face with them.

Clean up. No really, clean it.

Spring cleaning is great, but the end of year cleaning is healing.

  • Saving old daily planners from 2010? Get rid of them.
  • Old shoes under the desk covered in dust? Donate them.
  • Awards or plaques sitting in a pile? Hang them.
  • Thank you for notes that need to be sent? Write to them.

Make a change and Happy Holidays from Put Another Way and the Women’s Business Council.

E-mail Marna Redding or call 518.431.1421 to learn more!

1 in 26 Faces of Epilepsy

From the desk of Katelyn Markellos Marketing, Communications and Special Events Coordinator, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc.

Meet Jeffrey Burke

Just before his 16th birthday, Jeffrey experienced his first grand mal seizure which left him unconscious and needing to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center. After several tests, he was diagnosed with a generalized seizure disorder. Since his diagnosis, Jeffrey has found a solution to control his seizures by taking a medication called Keppra twice a day. He also makes sure to get plenty of rest, eat healthy, and be physically active.

Along with medication, he has a wonderful and stable support system of family and friends. He can relax knowing his friends lookout for him when they are with him. He isn’t afraid to face fears, instead of hiding from them, he takes them head-on!

Jeffrey hopes to enroll in college and is considering becoming a physical education teacher. Jeffrey will be 10 months seizure-free in December!

Don’t forget to vote for the WBC 2019 ANP with Capital Region Gives! You can vote HERE!

Faces of Epilepsy – 1 in 26

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On the 26th of each month, our 1 in 26 feature is sent via email and on Facebook. The 1 in 26 Faces of Epilepsy signifies 1 in 26 individuals who will be diagnosed with epilepsy and highlights the unique story of someone living with epilepsy.

This feature offers the opportunity for our highlighted individual to feed hope and comfort into the 45,000 other people in the Capital Region, North County, and Upper Hudson Valley living with epilepsy.

Click here for November’s Newsletter! or follow us on Facebook!

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5 Reasons to Attend the Holiday Fundraiser

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

The Women’s Business Council (WBC) promotes the full participation and leadership of women at all levels in the workplace, the community and government. The council develops programs that provide opportunities for women to learn and network as well as share their expertise with each other and to address the unique issues of women in business.

On December 10th, the Women’s Business Council invites you to join us and help support our 2019 Adopted Nonprofit, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, at our annual holiday fundraiser. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Century House, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member- 997 New Loudon Road in Latham.

Here are 5 reasons why you should attend this fantastic luncheon.

Last chance to support the Epilepsy Foundation as the WBC adopted nonprofit.

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain, and anyone with a brain can affect epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation exists to #EndEpilepsy. C’mon out and support the Epilepsy Foundation for our last event in 2019!

It’s a great start to your holiday shopping.

Support our local businesses by helping the Epilepsy Foundation. Begin your holiday shopping! Silent auction items are abundant along with raffles, a gift card tree, and even a wine pull. Guaranteed to check at least one person from your shopping list.

Get the inside scoop on the announcement of the 2020 adopted nonprofit!

Be the first to be in the know and learn about our 2020 adopted nonprofit.

Networking is at its best.

Enjoy a wonderful environment, great food, and networking with friends old and new. This is a wonderful time to enjoy some holiday cheer and learn about new businesses from your peers in the capital region. Sit with someone you don’t know, and you will be a surprise.

Enjoy a wonderful lunch with friends and colleagues.
Special thanks to our friends at Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, Latham for their continued support. The food is certain to please so come and spend an hour or two with us!

All proceeds will benefit the WBC’s 2019 Adopted Nonprofit.

To learn more about the WBC, contact Marna Redding at mredding@capitalregionchamber.com

Annual Awards Dinner: Epilepsy Foundation

Annual Awards Dinner

On Wednesday, November 20th at Shaker Ridge Country Club, we are holding our Annual Awards Dinner where we celebrate and recognize achievers, donors, corporate sponsors, and volunteers (including the Community Partner Award for the Capital Region Chamber and the Women’s Business Council!). The cocktail hour begins at 5:30pm, followed by the dinner and program. View this year’s honorees and register at: http://bit.ly/2019EFNENYAwards

Women in Business Wednesday: ‘She-Build’

From the desk of Lauren Axford, Executive Director, Pine Hollow Arboretum

‘She-Build’: Creating an All-Woman Real Estate Development Team With diversity and inclusion initiatives gaining traction in many industries, the commercial real estate world still remains a male dominated sector. However, there are women led commercial real estate companies that are working to improve the recruitment and retention of women in both management and investment positions.  

photography of three women sits beside table inside room during daytime

Photo by C Morillo on Unsplash

Click here to read the article: http://nytimes.com/2019/11/12/business/women-real-estate-development.html

2019 Epilepsy Family Conference

The Epilepsy Family Conference is a signature education activity unique to the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern NY.

The goal of this event is to offer information and education on epilepsy-related topics to those who are affected by epilepsy, as well as healthcare professionals. This conference includes topics relevant to both adult and pediatric epilepsy patients. For the first time, the conference will be broadcast live on Facebook! The conference will be taking place on Wednesday, November 13th at the Hearst Media Center (645 Albany Shaker Road, Albany NY 12211). Check-in begins at 11:00 and the program is from 11:30 am – 3:45 pm. Lunch will be served. Register for the conference by joining either in-person or on Facebook Live and view the agenda: http://bit.ly/EFNENYFamilyConf2019

Fun Stuff! Painting with a Purpose

Painting with a Purpose

Painting With A Purpose Fundraiser

Tuesday, November 12th


Painting With A Twist Studio

899 New Loudon Rd, Latham NY

Gather friends and family and join us for an evening of fun and creativity!

No experience needed!

$35 per person – 50% of your registration fee will be donated to

the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York!

Register TODAY (and see what we will be painting!) at:  http://bit.ly/PaintingForEpilepsy

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Stay, Safe, Side: It’s Seizure First Aid

Join the 2019 WBC Adopted Non-Profit to help raise awareness.

During National Epilepsy Awareness Month, the Epilepsy Foundation is urging the public to remember #StaySafeSide, which are the steps in seizure first aid. Everyone can visit www.epilepsy.com/firstaid to learn more and download a seizure first aid poster, or contact Katelyn Markellos at  kmarkellos@epilepsyneny.org to request one be mailed.