10 best business books written by women

From the desk of Hannah Stenzel of Godfrey Financial Associates, Inc.

At the time of writing, only three of the top 20 on Amazon’s business books bestseller list were authored by females

It’s no secret that the people we spend time with affect how we perceive the world around us. A piece of advice I hear frequently is to take a look at the 5 people you spend the most time with, and it will show you a lot about yourself. This idea is exciting to me because it means that we have the power to change our lives by getting to know people who inspire us. In everyday life, we don’t have access to highly successful people (I’ve tried to find Oprah’s phone number, but it’s unlisted). But what we can do is read about their lives and how they got to live their dreams.

I found this article to be a fresh list of successful women business owners, and I hope you find it as inspiring as I did. Read it here.

Women and Power at Work

You are cordially invited to help begin a new Siena College tradition.

A group of alumni from Siena’s Class of 1968 has generously created an endowment to host an annual community outreach event to promote and celebrate the Franciscan tradition of civil dialogue.

This year, the Spirit of ’68 Endowment is pleased to present “Women and Power at Work: Equality and Leadership, Then and Now” on Friday, March 20.

There will be a networking cocktail reception in Snyder Hall from 5-6 PM, followed by a keynote address by Lois Herr, author, AT&T executive and women’s rights advocate. A panel discussion moderated by HuffPost senior reporter Emily Peck will follow.

Sign up here.

For more information email: Leslie Foster at lkfoster@siena.edu

Who’s Ready For March 8th?

Mark your calendar ladies and gentlemen because International Women’s Day is coming up!

In 1908 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Two years later, a woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) at an International Conference of Working Women, tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. Zetkin proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, and working women’s clubs welcomed Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result!

Since then, on March 8th we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and continue to demand for gender equality all around the globe.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of International Women’s Day, click on this link > https://www.internationalwomensday.com/About

Also, if you’d like to be a part of something empowering on this day, then please check out The Beltrone Living Center International Women’s Day event! https://colonieseniors.org/event/calling-young-and-old-mark-your-calendar/

Meet the 2020 Women of Excellence Honorees

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Women of Excellence honorees!

Now in its 29th year, the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon honors a select group of women for their success in business and their contributions to the community. Six women who have achieved success in their professional careers and dedicated themselves to community service will join the prestigious ranks of the Chamber’s Women of Excellence on Thursday, May 28.

You won’t want to miss this moving program, hosted by Benita Zahn, co-anchor for NewsChannel 13.

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Check-in and Networking
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch and Program

Register for the event HERE!

WBC Member Spotlight: Miriam Dushane, Alaant Workforce Solutions

Meet Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions She is currently Board Chair of Albany Can Code. She is also on the board of the Tech Valley High School Foundation and has served the WBC Steering Committee. In 2015, she was recognized as a Woman of Excellence by the Capital Region Chamber and in 2017, she was honored by the Albany Business Review as one of its Women Who Mean Business.

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

At the office, I rarely have free time, but when I do, I try to reconnect with my team. I’ll sit down and ask them how their day is going, or talk about weekend plans. Or if I can I will have lunch with them- many times we eat as a group and I love catching up with them on a personal level. It also depends on the time of year- in summer, at work- I use any excuse I can get to get outside and breathe some fresh air. If I’m home you’ll find me walking the dogs (I call them “my girls”), gardening or something like that. In winter, if I’m not “tidying up” the house, I’m hanging with my husband binge watching something on TV.

What do you love most about what you do?

The people and the variety. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to help someone find a new job or improve their career and income. I love being able to help companies find the people they need to complete their mission. I love learning about new companies and what they do as a business, it is truly amazing how much diversity in companies and business that is actually in our region.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Wow! I have never really thought about that- I guess I would tell her to follow her gut and instincts and not to worry she will thrive.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Thinking back, I have been blessed to have been surrounded by so many positive influences on my life and career. If I have to pick one- it would be from Susan Hollister, my very first boss who hired me in HR ( with literally NO experience), telling me to pursue a career in recruiting. Well, I took her advice, focused in that area and today I am a partner/owner in a recruiting firm! I think that is the best advice I’ve ever gotten!

3-2-1-GO!

From the desk of Sharon Burstein, President and CEO, Sharon Burstein International

Keep moving, keep growing! If you are standing still you are moving backward! Where is it that you want to be? What is it that you want to achieve? What is your plan to give it shape, make it happen and be a success? Do you have a plan? Do you have a timeline? Is this
a dream or is this something you are going to make happen in your life? It all begins and ends with you!

You have the power to make your visions dreams happen, but do you have the strength, and determination and courage to create a plan and most importantly step up and take the first steps? You need to step up, and stand out before you can break through.


Growing you, is something you do consciously. Don’t leave your growth and success to chance. You can and many do, but that is fine ONLY if you wish to be mediocre. Keep taking steps, larger steps and moving faster as you grow. The more you grow, the greater your success. Your personal development is what keeps moving you forward. In order to grow to the next level,
requires a positive mindset. With growth comes change. Yes, change can be uncomfortable, at least initially, but trying new things and discovering that you can achieve them and be successful, builds your confidence, builds your success and a positive can do attitude.

The quicker you wish to grow, the deeper your commitment to you and your personal development. You need to access the areas for growth that expand you as a person and in your career. Confidence is always key, but add communication skills, productivity, energy, time management, and influence. Your growth is not something to treat randomly. If you wish to grow and affect change in your career and life, you need to create a strategic plan, built just for you. It does not need to be complicated, but it will need goals, steps to achieve your goals, a plan of action and timelines
for success. Be strategic, the more defined, the better.


Connect and build your success by surrounding yourself with other successful people above you, who will stretch you, make you think and people who have substance who have walked the path that you have chosen to walk. To be your best, you need to learn from the best.
Let this be your year of Mastery and Success. Begin 2020, this new decade with a clear vision and a fresh mindset.

Make this your year of building you and your Mastery. Ready set 3-2-1 GO!