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 

Kudos to Daquetta Jones

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Kudos to WBC member Daquetta Jones!

Daquetta has been appointed as the Deputy Commissioner for Administration with New York State Civil Service Department starting on June 10, 2019. She will remain Executive Director of YWCA of the Greater Capital Region until May 31, 2019.

The YWCA-GCR was the WBC Adopted Non-Profit for 2018.  Daquetta was an excellent liaison, and speaker, on behalf of her organization and the women they serve.  It was a pleasure to work with her and to absorb her energy and positivity.  We wish her all the best in her new role!

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!

Janine Robitaille – Woman of Excellence, Excellence in Management

Janine Robitaille 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?

“When I first started as Executive Director at IPH, we were a small organization with limited staff.  There was much to learn, but my biggest lesson was in humility.  The organization needed help, and I quickly learned that there were many people available for support if I just reached out.  Over the years, I have remained humble and honest with funders, the community, and my staff.  Recognizing limitations is just as important as recognizing strengths, and doing both has allowed me to establish and nurture supportive professional relationships that have helped my agency and myself, as an individual, continue to grow and achieve great success.”

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

For more information:

Email Debbie: derck@capitalregionchamber.com 

Submit Your Story for Voices in the Crowd

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Submit Your Story!  

In preparation for our Voices in the Crowd event, we want to hear from you! 

Please share your story and you could be chosen to be featured as a speaker at our event on Tuesday, November 12th from 11:30am – 1:00pm at Wolferts Roost Country Club, 120 Van Rensselaer Boulevard, Albany.

This year’s theme is Rising Against the Tide. Your story should be told from your heart and tie back to business in order to align with the true mission of the Women’s Business Council. Your story should be 2 minutes in total. Call our Voices in the Crowd Submission Portal at 518-218-6622.

Daquetta Jones- Woman of Excellence, Excellence in Business Development

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Daquetta Jones is a Woman of Excellence 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?

“It is difficult to select one thing or person as many people and things have contributed to my success. However, some choices and people that have inspired me in my life have led me to be named a Women of Excellence is my career path and work ethics that have helped change 1000’s of people’s life. To have the ability to help others enhance their lives, elevate themselves and see that the service combined with passion creates change for others in itself is inspiring. My son has always been my simple of motivation; inspiration to NOT give up no matter how challenging it may be or become. In addition, having a personal and professional support system, effective and passionate teams and people that believe in me, my purpose, life mission, passion and work ethic, inspires me to keep going! I’m inspired by the women that have elevated themselves and accomplished the impossible despite their plight.

It reminds me of my late grandmother Helen Chresfield words, “You will come against challenges in this world, but that doesn’t give you permission to give up!” Ana Rand once said, “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to STOP me!”

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

For more information:

Email Debbie: derck@capitalregionchamber.com