OUT­STAND­ING CEL­E­BRA­TION

YWCA hon­ors 18 women at an­nual awards lun­cheon

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhalligan@troyrecord.com

TROY, N.Y.» A group of 18 out­stand­ing, re­source­ful women were hon­ored on Wednesday at the YWCA of the Greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s 18th an­nual Re­source­ful Women’s Awards Lun­cheon.

About 500 event-go­ers gath­ered Wednesday af­ter­noon at the Hil­ton Gar­den Inn in Troy for the an­nual lun­cheon, which is a ma­jor fundraiser for the Troy-based or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The Re­source­ful Women’s Awards Lun­cheon, es­tab­lished in 2000, rec­og­nizes those whose com­mu­nity and pro­fes­sional pur­suits ad­vance the em­pow­er­ment of women and girls, a core value of YWCA of the Greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s mis­sion. The yearly event hon­ors women who make a dif­fer­ence in their work­place, com­mu­nity and be­yond.

YWCA of the Greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Da­que­tta Jones said the nom­i­na­tion re­view­ing com­mit­tee was em­pow­ered and up­lifted while learn­ing about this year’s nom­i­nees. “I am im­pressed by the in­flu­en­tial, game-chang­ing, trend­set­ting, com­mu­nity-minded ed­u­ca­tors, ad­vo­cates, ac­tivists, en­trepreneurs, pas­sion­ate givers and mis­sion fo­cused women and young girls on a mis­sion sit­ting among us to­day,” Jones said. “I thank you so much for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence by ad­vanc­ing the eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment of women

and girls in the greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion.”

The top honor, 2017 Re­source­ful Woman of the Year, went to Anne Saile. In ad­di­tion to be­ing owner of The Saile Group, where she coaches ex­ec­u­tives and boards to achieve high im­pact re­sults, Saile is an au­thor, speaker, strate­gist and an en­tre­pre­neur, best known for her busi­ness acu­men and her pas­sion for ad­vanc­ing women’s rights.

In her ca­reer she has served as pres­i­dent and CEO of Belle­vue Woman’s Hos­pi­tal, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the New York State Of­fice of Pro­fes­sional and Med­i­cal Con­duct, as well as vice pres­i­dent for the Cen­ter for the Dis­abled of the Cap­i­tal Dis­trict.

In ac­cept­ing her award at the YWCA gath­er­ing, Saile spoke of a tough time in her child­hood, her own ex­pe­ri­ence with the YWCA in her home­town of Cohoes, and how she learned to be re­source­ful. “The road to suc­cess is never easy,” she said.

An­other spe­cial hon­oree on the bill was the late suf­frag­ist,

fem­i­nist and phi­lan­thropist Phoebe Ap­per­son Hearst, rec­og­nized in honor of the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion of women’s suf­frage in New York State. Ge­orge Hearst III ac­cepted the award on be­half of his great-great grand­mother dur­ing Wednesday’s cer­e­mony. “She was a won­der­ful, mo­ti­vat­ing woman,” he said, “and made a much bet­ter so­ci­ety for us all.”

Other re­source­ful women award re­cip­i­ents were

Jacinda Con­boy of the The New York State Coun­cil of School Su­per­in­ten­dents in the cat­e­gory of ed­u­ca­tion; emerg­ing pro­fes­sion­als Ji­nah Kim of Sun­hee’s Farm and Kitchen and Bailey Van Deest of St. Anne’s In­sti­tute; en­trepreneurs Kierra Jones of Kierra Jones In­ter­na­tional and The Shine Strate­gist as well as Mau­reen Sager from the Up­state Al­liance for the Cre­ative Econ­omy; El­iz­a­beth Haller from the YWCA of the Greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion in the cat­e­gory of Front-Line; Dorothy Maria Urschel of St. Peter’s Health Part­ners and An­dra Zubkovs of Joseph’s House and Shel­ter in health and hu­man ser­vices; Karen Gre­gory of Tar­get, Sarah Quinn of BBL Hos­pi­tal­ity and Joella Vis­cusi of Am­bi­ent En­vi­ron­men­tal, Inc. in man­age­ment; Nipa No­bel of MTX B2B So­lu­tions, LLC and Unagi Sushi in phi­lan­thropy; and An­geli­cia Mor­ris of the Sch­enec­tady County Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion in pub­lic ser­vice. In a new cat­e­gory added for 2017, Jen­nifer Favitta of Troy Web Con­sult­ing was rec­og­nized as a Woman in Tech­nol­ogy.

This year’s Young Girls On A Mis­sion Ta­jhanae Gib­son, Tahziana Gib­son, Jayme Laing and Tar­allen McKoy were also hon­ored at Wednesday’s event.

Fur­ther­more, Kelli Arnold of Key Bank, Michael Fan­ning of Mosaic As­so­ci­ates Ar­chi­tects and Nancy A. Ku­piec of Vesta Con­struc­tion Ser­vices were rec­og­nized as com­mu­nity part­ners.

More in­for­ma­tion about the YWCA of the Greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion, Inc. - in­clud­ing its pro­grams, up­com­ing events and ways to do­nate - is avail­able on­line at www.ywcagcr.org.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN -- LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

YWCA of the Greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Da­que­tta Jones speaks at the 18th an­nual Re­source­ful Women’s Awards Lun­cheon on Wednesday af­ter­noon at the Hil­ton Gar­den Inn in Troy.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Re­source­ful Woman of the Year Anne Saile speaks at the 18th an­nual Re­source­ful Women’s Awards Lun­cheon on Wednesday af­ter­noon at the Hil­ton Gar­den Inn in Troy.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Hon­orees stand on stage at the YWCA of the Greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s 18th an­nual Re­source­ful Women’s Awards Lun­cheon on Wednesday af­ter­noon at the Hil­ton Gar­den Inn in Troy.

YWCA of the Greater Cap­i­tal Re­gion ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Da­que­tta Jones, third from left, stands with a group of women at the 18th an­nual Re­source­ful Women’s Awards Lun­cheon on Wednesday af­ter­noon at the Hil­ton Gar­den Inn in Troy.

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