Firecracker Women


Leah Ginsberg of Forbes asks, “Need some entrepreneurial inspiration to take you into Fourth of July? Check out these quotes from some amazing firecracker women (yes, we said it!) on Forbes Self Made Women and Up And Comers lists on starting up, starting over and breaking the status quo. Let the business fireworks begin!”   Full article here.


I think my favorite quote from the article is:

“Life happens, things get in the way of your goal and your mission and your plan, and you got to take a detour. Number one doesn’t work, how are we going to get there? Second way. If the second way doesn’t work, can we still accomplish the mission by getting there another way? [You] don’t have to change your goal. Change your path, be willing to, and don’t see that as a failure. That’s just life… You can’t lose sight of what you really want to do.” – Diane Hendricks, 69, ABC Supply



Don’t forget to sign up for the ANP event below:

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Upcoming Events

Walk to End Epilepsy

Sunday, September 8

Saratoga Spa State Park

Register here!

Power of the Pack: Women Who Support Women Are More Successful

best-friends-blond-hair-bonding-1574650What makes a woman successful? Well, there are a lot of factors that all come into play and success can look different for everyone.  As we have recently heard from the 2019 Women of Excellence, success is often the result of a lot of support from friends and family, hard work and perseverance, networking, relationship building and in some cases, taking risks.  This article highlights a few studies that indicate that women, in particular, benefit from collaboration over competition.

Read the Power of the Pack here.

Women are formidable

From the desk of Julia Hayden, Director, Community Relations and Resource Development-Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County

Often times women feel as though they have climbed a few mountains of “to do’s” before 5:00am!  Women start the day with feet to the ground and ready to move.  Today women have taken multi-tasking to a new height.   Climbing up mountains, climbing up corporate ladders, climbing to reach glass ceilings – all to summit, reach the top or breakthrough.  Women are formidable.  Across all sectors and walks of life, women are leading the way in action, fortitude, and inspiration.
This link is a woman’s experience as a professional climber, describing how she surmounted the stigma of being female (and pregnant) in a male-dominated sphere.
Read the article here.
                    Dakota Snyder

Kudos to Daquetta Jones



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!

Women Volunteers Rock!

April 7th marks the start of National Volunteer Week, and here at the WBC, we simply want to shout out all the incredible women in business who are also making a difference by volunteering in our community!

Global estimates put the count of volunteers worldwide at over 970 million, and considering the hours that they contribute, we are talking about the equivalent of over 125 million full-time workers!! According to numerous reports, around the world and in the U.S., more volunteering is undertaken by women than by men. In fact, a survey conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) found that American volunteers tend to be female and married. The largest age group for volunteers was 35-44 and the volunteers surveyed were most likely to be parents with children under 18.

Think about that for a second — women with spouses and children to take care of are still volunteering more than most other groups of Americans. When you factor in the demands of jobs, kids, and other commitments, knowing that so many women still find time to give back to their communities is pretty awe-inspiring!

If you’re one of those female volunteers making a difference in the Capital Region, we’d love to hear more about how you’re involved and why you love it! If you’re looking for new ways to give back, consider one of these opportunities from our 2019 Adopted Nonprofit – The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.

Here are some Epilepsy Foundation NENY opportunities:

Looking for a Few Good Men and Women to Join Our Walk to End Epilepsy Committee

  1. The Epilepsy Foundation will soon begin planning our 11th Annual Walk at Saratoga Spa State Park which will be held on Sunday, September 8th.  The “Walk to End Epilepsy” attracts over 500 participants annually.  Our volunteer committee meets once a month from April-September to plan for this event.  Volunteers are needed to secure raffle prizes, corporate sponsors and assist with day of logistics.  Our volunteers also help us spread the word to friends, colleagues and businesses to introduce new participants to the Walk.  The day includes lunch, children’s activities and much more!!  We are pleased to welcome our Event Partner, Fingerpaint, to our 2019 Walk to End Epilepsy.

To join the committee, or learn more, please contact Jeannine Garab, Executive Director, at (518)456-7501 or

2. Looking for a Few Good Men and Women to Join the Epilepsy Golf Tournament Committee

The Epilepsy Foundation will soon begin planning our Annual Epilepsy Golf Tournament which will be held on Monday, September 23rd at Wolferts Roost Country Club.  The Golf Tournament attracts over 150 participants annually.  Our unique format features fivesomes and nine Par 3 holes, each offering significant prizes including $10,000 cash.  Our volunteer committee meets once a month from April-September to plan for this event.  Volunteers recruit new fivesomes, secure raffle prizes, corporate sponsors and assist with day of logistics.  The event includes a premium giveaway, food and wine tastings on the course, silent and live auction, in addition to lunch, dinner and an awards reception.

To join the committee, or learn more, please contact Jeannine Garab, Executive Director, at (518)456-7501 or

National Women’s History Month Reminds Us We Can All Be Champions For Change



The theme this year for Women’s History Month is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”  Below is an excerpt from an article by Naz Beheshti that focuses on how we can all be agents for change.  Ms. Beheshti writes about Mother Theresa’s words of wisdom that we can use in our lives and in our careers.  The lessons in the article are about small ways to make a difference in the workplace.


“Live simply so others may simply live.

When Mother Theresa spoke these words, she was talking about voluntarily living a less materialistic life. Business leaders can live more simply and more humbly in another way as well. Just as we can focus less on accumulating material possessions, we can also move away from accumulating credit and prestige for ourselves. Today’s evolved business leaders see themselves as servants or stewards whose mission is to create success and opportunity for others.”

Link to the article by Naz Beheshti,  Contributor Forbes Women found here.

Chair Chat: Announcing the “Friend of the WBC” Initiative


From the desk of Amanda Goyer, Director of Community Engagement at CAP COM Federal Credit Union and Chair of the Women’s Business Council.

In honor of National Women’s History Month, the Women’s Business Council would like to share one of the innovative ways we are contributing to lift women up and empower them through our programming.

Over the past two years, the Women’s Business Council has been piloting a program that we call “Friend of the WBC.” I’m honored to share this collaborative effort and the impact that it has had on women (and men) during our pilot phase which we are proud to bring to light.

We Listened:  At the end of 2016, the WBC Steering Committee leadership hosted a strategic planning session where we focused on what we wanted to “Start” and what we wanted to “Stop.” The conversation was driven by survey responses we had obtained from our audiences throughout the year paired with analysis of what other programming, training and opportunities were currently being offered to women in our region. Finally, we identified where the gaps existed. One immediate area of improvement that our group recognized as a priority was the need to focus on diversity and inclusion, and this is an ongoing effort we continue to work toward. We knew that we had access to a pool of individuals that we were missing the mark on and could immediately fix. That is how we started brainstorming around what would become “Friend of the WBC.”

We Collaborated to Remove Barriers:  We worked to be more inclusive within our non-profit demographic. The WBC is known for our Adopted Non-Profit initiative where we partner with a non-profit organization in our region annually to help them raise awareness about their cause. Part of the benefit of being an Adopted Non-Profit partner is that you receive two complimentary tickets to each WBC program. We knew we could take this a step further, and through the power of collaboration, gain support to provide funding for more non-profit partners and their clients they serve to attend our programming, programming that is aimed at providing opportunity and education for women in business. We were halfway there, we had a plan in place to find individual “sponsors” to purchase tickets to eliminate the expense of our programming and enable 10 non-profit organizations and/or clients to attend each of our programs throughout the year as “Friends of the WBC.” We had a plan in place to provide these women access to professional business attire and to have WBC mentors greet these women and make them feel as comfortable as possible during events.

 We Conducted Research:  Initially, we were thinking of all of the ways this new initiative could benefit women in transition, women that were perhaps part of the services that some of our non-profit partners like the YWCA-GCR, Women’s Employment Resource Center (WERC), Mission Accomplished Transition Services, Schenectady City Mission, St. Paul’s Center, HATAS and beyond offer. We knew we could offer them access to networking, education and opportunity, but on the other side of the coin, we knew there would be barriers that we would have to address to make this fully accessible and comfortable.

That is when we invited Mike Saccocio, Executive Director/CEO of Schenectady City Mission in to review our thoughts. Mike addressed what we all needed to hear that morning and he flipped our thought process upside down. He said something along the lines of, “Stop thinking about how you will benefit them, and start thinking about how they will benefit you.” Our intentions were good, but I can tell you firsthand, I’m certain that the WBC has learned more from our “Friends of the WBC” than they have learned from us. These women (and men) have wisdom, perseverance, and strength beyond measure. Mike walked us through an exercise his team conducts with clients at the City Mission. They draw their “current state” and then they draw their “future state” and envision how their life can look ahead with the right support system, goals, and opportunities. That day, the WBC envisioned our future state and “The Friend of the WBC” came to life.

We Delivered:  Since 2016, we have had nearly 100 “Friends of the WBC” attend our programming. Tickets have been funded by the generosity of our WBC Steering Committee members and our networks. Women have shared with us that our programming gave them the courage to update their resume and start their job search. Other women have reported back that they are starting to take steps to move back into the workforce due to connections they made at our programming. Others have said simply, thank you for giving me this chance.

Our Mission:  The Friend of the Women’s Business Council (WBC) came from a place of wanting to reach out to, be more inclusive of and empower more women in the Capital Region. We recognize that not everyone can afford or access WBC programming- programming that is designed to inform, inspire and empower women in our community. The Friend of the WBC effort allows individuals and organizations to sponsor women motivated to move their careers to the next step, and thus remove a barrier for women who may not easily be able to access WBC programs.

We Want You! We share this with you in hopes that you too may want to partner with us to lift other women up through the Women’s Business Council! If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact me directly! Thank you for your kind heart and support along this journey.

WIBW: Period. End of Sentence.

A 26-minute documentary about periods won an Oscar on Sunday. That’s pretty cool.

According to this brief profile from Glamour, Period. End of Sentence. is a short film which tackles the stigma around menstruation in rural India. It’s currently streaming on Netflix and it just won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 2019 Oscars.

Rayka Zehtabchi, the 25-year-old Iranian-American director of the doc, talked with Glamour about how making this film changed her life, and what she hopes other people get out of watching it:

“Empowering women worldwide really starts with beginning, with opening up the conversation around menstruation. We can implement feminine hygiene, but first we have to break the taboo. I also want people to realize this isn’t just a film for women, it’s for men too. They’re 50 percent of the population, and men need to be having these conversations and championing the film just as much as women are.”

Speaking of breaking taboos, Zehtabchi is one of very few female directors nominated by the Academy – a point of frequent discussion when the Oscars roll around – but we love her take on the question of how it feels to be in this rare field:

“Why does it have to be so amazing? Why does this have to be shocking that I’m a female director and that I’ve made a film about a women’s issue, in a country we don’t think much about, and that the film is getting attention?”

That’s the voice of a woman we can all get behind on this Women in Business Wednesday! Take 26 minutes this week and check out Period. End of Sentence. Then leave a comment below to let us know what you think!

March 8th is International Women’s Day

From the desk of Julia Hayden, Community Relations and Resource Development, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County

In 1975, the United Nation’s Adopted “International Women’s Day.”  This day represents the unification of women worldwide, their efforts to advance the safety and equality of all women and the celebration of Women’s Rights.

International Women’s Day has an early heritage dating to the 1909 American Socialist Party’s Women’s Day.  In 1910, it was recommended by the International Socialist Party that a Women’s Day is held annually.  On March 8, 1917, women in Soviet Russia gained suffrage and that opens the door for the international recognition of Women and Women Rights.

The United Nations led the way and began celebrating International Women’s Day during the International Women’s Year, 1975.  By 1977, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed March 8 to be a day of recognition for women’s rights.

Throughout the years, a global theme has been defined to showcase the power of women and their influence on the world stage.  Themes have included; Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women.  A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women. Equality for Women is Progress for All.  Step it Up for Gender Equality.  Women Changing the World of Work.

In 2019 the International Women’s Day theme is #BalanceforBetter, which is a call to action for driving gender balance across the world.

Now, how will you make a difference for Women on March 8, 2019?

Sign up for the next WBC event on March 13th here.

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Please remember to support our 2019 Adopted Non Profit.

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