Women of Excellence: Barbara Smith

Every week leading up to our Women of Excellence luncheon on May 28, we’ll be featuring one or two of our Women of Excellence winners. (You can read the full interviews with each of the winners here.)

Congratulations to our winners! And don’t forget to register for the luncheon!


Barbara Smith. (Colleen Ingerto photo)

Barbara Smith, City of Albany
distinguished career

“My major challenge is being born as a black person in the United States in the era of Jim Crow. But my major challenge has been to negotiate the very, very troubled waters of race and racism in the U.S. and I have devoted my life through my work in trying to help to find better ways and solutions for the negative context in which race continues to show itself.”

Women of Excellence: Trudy Hall

Every week leading up to our Women of Excellence luncheon on May 28, we’ll be featuring one or two of our Women of Excellence winners. (You can read the full interviews with each of the winners here.)

Congratulations to our winners! And don’t forget to register for the luncheon!


Trudy Hall. (Colleen Ingerto photo)

Trudy Hall, Emma Willard School
excellence in the professions

“You have to always make the choice that will make the story a more interesting one. There’s a great speech that I heard someone make a long time ago:. She said, “I have only one goal: I want to be an interesting old woman.” The only way to be interesting is by making interesting choices and the only way to be old is to make prudent choices.”

Women of Excellence: Miriam Dushane and Denise Gonick

Every week leading up to our Women of Excellence luncheon on May 28, we’ll be featuring one or two of our Women of Excellence winners. (You can read the full interviews with each of the winners here.)

Congratulations to our winners! And don’t forget to register for the luncheon!

Miriam Dushane. (Colleen Ingerto photo)

Miriam Dushane, Linium Staffing
excellence in management (1-99)

“I get the opportunity to learn about other companies and other businesses in the Capital Region. I have uncovered and become associated with organizations I never in my wildest dreams even knew existed. I’ve met so many fascinating and interesting people.”


Denise Gonick. (Colleen Ingerto photo)

 Denise Gonick, MVP Health Care
excellence in management (100+)

“You have to stay curious. There’s always more to learn. Be true to your own self and the unique talents that you bring. Sometimes we have ideas about what success is supposed to look like and that can trip us up. And be willing to take some risks. I think you learn a lot by the things that don’t go your way.”

 

Women of Excellence: Laura Petrovic

Every week leading up to our Women of Excellence luncheon on May 28, we’ll be featuring one or two of our Women of Excellence winners. (You can read the full interviews with each of the winners here.)

Congratulations to our winners! And don’t forget to register for the luncheon!


Laura Petrovic. (Colleen Ingerto photo)

Laura Petrovic, Hilton Garden Inn, Troy
excellence in sales and marketing

“I am in awe that I’ve been chosen because I have been going to this lunch for a very long time and every time I leave I’m like, What am I doing with my life? These women are amazing. So it means that obviously I’m doing what I should be in terms of my job.”

Women of Excellence: Kelsey Carr and Andrea Crisafulli Russo

Every week leading up to our Women of Excellence luncheon on May 28, we’ll be featuring one or two of our Women of Excellence winners. (You can read the full interviews with each of the winners here.)

Congratulations to our winners! And don’t forget to register for the luncheon!

Kelsey Carr, the Chazen Companies — emerging professional

Kelsey Carr. (Colleen Ingerto photo)

“I love what I do and where I work, so this award is definitely validation that I’m on the right track in my career. And just receiving an award that has such a long history and to be included in a group of remarkable women is just an honor. It’s not only recognition for myself but also other females who choose to pursue engineering despite the challenges that it can present.”


Andrea Crisafulli Russo. (Colleen Ingerto photo)

Andrea Crisafulli Russo, Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing & Heating, Inc. — excellence in business

“It’s amazing to be listed among the other incredibly accomplished women. They’ve inspired me for years both personally and professionally. It’s my favorite event for the year and I just love listening to the honorees. They inspire me and they always have. And I feel like I’m being recognized for doing what I love, which is an incredible feeling.”