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

Tee’s Nuggets of Survival Part 3

From the desk of Tee Marie Hanible, U.S. Marine, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, National Speaker – Activist, Co-Star of FOX’S “American Grit” and our 2019 Bold in Business Speaker.

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TEAMWORK:

In the military, teamwork is what drives us in everything we do. It’s not just about wanting to impress your boss or wanting to make yourself look good. It’s about putting your best foot forward because you don’t want to let your team down.  You don’t want the mission to be a failure. Or, you definitely don’t want to ever leave a teammate behind!

Sometimes you may find yourself in the unique position of being the motivation for your team. The fire that your teammates see in you, maybe what ignites the fire in them. Whether you are responsible for the biggest piece of the puzzle or just that one last corner piece that completes the whole thing, every single one of you is a driving force in your team accomplishing its mission.

There’s still time to register to attend Bold in Business on Friday, October 4th. Now is your chance to sign up HERE!

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.

For more information:

Email Debbie: derck@capitalregionchamber.com 

If You Don’t Manage Your Chaos, Your Chaos Will Manage You! Don’t miss this event!

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Tuesday, May 14th – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rivers Casino and Resort Event Center – 1 Rush Street, Schenectady, NY

Don’t miss this event! Sign up here

You will have the opportunity to hear from Richie Hunter, VP for Strategic Communications & External Relations, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Matt Phelps, Owner, Metabolic Meltdown; Catharine Potvin, Owner & President, Stragility and Tracy Slocum, Founder and President, Pretty Rugged.

Melissa Cook, President, Dale Carnegie Training of NENY, will moderate the panel discussion.

Throughout 2019, the WBC will raise money for its adopted nonprofit, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. 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. 

Kat Koppett – Woman of Excellence, Excellence in Business

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

Kat Koppett talks about the turning point for her in her life that lead her to be named a 2019 Woman of Excellence:

In my early 20’s, I was temporarily paralyzed. Rather than pounding the pavement looking for work in New York, I found myself back in California at my parent’s house re-learning how to walk. Voices warred inside my head. I needed to get back! I was missing my life! I was an actor; I loved NY. I had been defined in my own mind – and the mind of most of the people I knew  – by that place and that vocation – for as long as I could remember. 
But secretly, in my heart, something else whispered. I was relieved. I had an out. Now, all I had to do was learn to walk. No need to audition. No need to find a crappy day job. No need to send out hundreds of pictures and resumes no one would ever open. Or to do free jobs in terrible shows to be maybe “seen”. 
Secretly, I hated auditioning. I wasn’t even sure I liked acting. I loved being part of a community that valued intimacy and expressiveness and collaboration and human connection. I loved telling stories and commanding attention. But I hated being judged on my looks, and being told I wasn’t … pretty enough, tall enough, old enough, blond enough, dark enough, ethnic enough. I hated spending 90% of my time competing for jobs so someone else could give me permission to do what I loved doing. I didn’t love being physically uncomfortable on location in service of selling insurance. 
I didn’t quit then. I wasn’t courageous enough. But the seed was planted. My illness literally forced me to stop and assess at a time when my impulse would have been double-down full speed ahead and ignore my inner voices.  Eventually, I chose to go to graduate school in Organizational Psychology and grow the applied side of my theatre and improv work, which is what led me here today. 
In improv, we talk about “Mistakes as gifts” I suppose you could say I could attribute being named a Woman of Excellence today to gifts I was given in the “mistake” of my illness.

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

For more information:

Email Debbie: derck@capitalregionchamber.com 

Experience American Milestones with the Albany Symphony

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Experience the beauty and artistry of the Albany Symphony at the American Music Festival: Sing Out! New York, a bold weekend-long festival of innovative concerts, NEW music, and artistic happenings around Troy, NY.

Sing Out! New York embodies a “revolutionary spirit.” while celebrating and exploring key American milestones —the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, celebrating the passage of women’s right to vote and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a definitive moment in the LGBTQ rights movement.

Hear thrilling new works come to life and witness for yourself how the Albany Symphony and Grammy®-winning Maestro David Alan Miller are reshaping America’s musical landscape.

The Festival runs from May 30th to June 2nd in Troy, NY. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony will also be featured during our Sing Out! New York Tour: June 6 – June 9 (multiple locations).

Get more information on this FREE event here.

BOLD, INNOVATIVE, & UNIQUELY SPIRITED!