Voices in the Crowd: Bold in Business Event

Brigid Schulte, author of the best-selling book Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time presented a spirited plea for time serenity in her talk at this year’s Bold In Business Forum on October 22, 2015. Her message on the necessity of making time for play and leisure, despite everyone’s busy life, resonated well with the crowd gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Albany. We asked our “Voices in the Crowd” why they had chosen to attend and whether work-life balance was an issue in their life:

Megan O'Malley Stewart
Megan O’Malley Stewart, CPA–Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte

Why did you choose to attend today’s event?
“The topic of stress and feeling overwhelmed is a concern for many women. I look forward to hearing some practical advice from the speaker.”

Hollyanne Lupi
Hollyanne Lupi, Public Relations Coordinator, Gramercy Communications

What are your thoughts about the topic of today’s event – time management and work-life balance?

Hollyanne: “It is certainly something we all experience- being overworked and over-stressed and needing to find a way to balance. Hearing this message from the women of the Women’s Business Council is powerful and influential, at least personally for myself. I always enjoy coming to these events because there is so much I take away.”


Voices in the Crowd: Women of Excellence Unplugged

The profound insights shared by the panelists at the WBC Women of Excellence Unplugged luncheon this month — photos for which you can see here! — resonated well with the crowd gathered at the Desmond Hotel. Following brief remarks by New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, moderator Benita Zahn led a spirited discussion on the values and experiences of the individual, highly accomplished Women of Excellence from a wide range of industries and backgrounds. Our “Voices in the Crowd” shared why WBC events are such a valuable networking experience for them:

Karmel DeStefano, Colonie Senior Service Centers
Karmel DeStefano, Development Director, Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc.

What do you particularly enjoy about this event?
“This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from other women and what they have achieved in their lives.  It’s also great to support the Chamber!”

Helen Carroll, Financial Advisor
Helen Carroll, Mussett Wealth Management

What is special about WBC events?
“I find that events such as this one are always very friendly. Because attendees come from so many different backgrounds, I have the opportunity to make many new connections. The events always combine good networking and seeing good friends, which makes for a good experience overall!”

Are you active in the Women’s Business Council?
Helen: “Yes, I am a member of the Program Committee, which gives me insights of what is going on.”

Venessa Colon, EYP
Venessa Colon, EYP

What are your impressions of today’s event?
“This is my second day in my new job. To be here today on my second day is a treat, but it also mirrors my company’s corporate culture. It is great to meet so many other accomplished women.”