Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 Women of Excellence Awards

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The Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber invites you to nominate individuals for the 2020 Women of Excellence Awards. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, January 23rd at 5:00pm.

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. If you know a colleague, community leader or friend who stands out for her professional and personal excellence, then nominate her today!

Download the nomination form HERE.

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!

Women In Business Wednesdays: Work-Life Balance

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

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It never fails- At every event with a businesswoman in the spotlight, the question is always asked, “How do you maintain a work-life balance?” I find this question so interesting because it acknowledges that careers are the opposite of our personal lives. It acknowledges that women are still frustrated, trying to find an illusory balance between two competing commitments- their lives, and their jobs.

Moving forward, I think employers and businesswomen should rethink the way we frame this problem. Instead of striving for unattainable balance, we can explore what it would look like to have work-life integration.

Brianne Garret, of ForbesWomen, touched on this subject in her article, here. “Professionals in what’s been called the “always-on” work culture—especially women—often find it difficult to achieve work-life equilibrium…Now the idea of “work-life integration” is gaining currency, as more and more people concede the idea of “balance” may just be an unattainable goal,” Garret explains.

As many studies have shown, more women in leadership roles make a company more profitable and sustainable. Companies need to value their women and demonstrate that value to them by creating more inclusive and responsive cultures.

This isn’t something that anyone woman (or person) can do on their own. We do it as a community. We do it by having more women in leadership positions. We do it by listening to each other and lifting each other up. Be a part of this change, join the Women’s Business Council today.

Do you dream of opening your own business? We have some advice…

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

In this article by Kerry Hannon of The New Yorker, five dynamic and successful women entrepreneurs give the gift of their advice about starting your own business.

Most of these women relied upon the support of a close-knit group of peers and colleagues to help their vision come to life. They also share many valuable secrets to leadership, such as taking risks, being active, building a strong team, and having complete dedication to your vision.

These values of community and leadership are core foundations of the Women’s Business Council. Come gather with local, successful, engaging women who champion each other.

See you at the WBC Holiday Luncheon next week, on December 10th!

When women gather, the world changes

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

Well, I could not have found a better article to endorse all the opportunities that the Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber provides for its members! According to Pat Mitchell (a self-professed “dangerous woman, advocate and activist”) and growing body of research data, there is measurable value in women gathering to share stories and experiences, to network both professionally and personally and to exchange ideas. 

In fact, a recent Harvard Business School study has indicated that women who participate in women’s conferences and similar activities are “twice as likely to get a promotion within a year and three times as likely to get a 10 percent salary bump!” On that note, see you at the next Women’s Business Council function!!

Read the article here.

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!