Women of Excellence Awards

Seven women who have achieved success in their professional careers and dedicated themselves to community service will join the prestigious ranks of the Capital Region Chamber’s “Women of Excellence” at the 24th annual luncheon on Thursday, May 28.

The Women’s Business Council (WBC) of the Chamber received many outstanding nominations from throughout our region. Each year the selection committee is comprised of prior Women of Excellence award recipients. This year’s honorees are:

2015 Women of Excellence Recipients

Distinguished Career
Barbara Smith, City of Albany

Excellence in the Professions
Trudy Hall, Emma Willard School

Excellence in Sales and Marketing
Laura Petrovic, Hilton Garden Inn, Troy

Excellence in Management (1-99 employees)
Miriam Dushane, Linium Staffing

Excellence in Management (100+ employees)
Denise Gonick, MVP Health Care

Excellence in Business
Andrea Crisafulli Russo, Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Emerging Professional
Kelsey Carr, The Chazen Companies

TPV_3679_ci Back row from left: Denise Gonick, Trudy Hall, Miriam Dushane, Kelsey Carr.Front row from left: Andrea Crisafulli Russo, Barbara Smith, Laura Petrovic. 

Wardrobe styled by Blair Brodar for Lord & Taylor Albany. Hair and makeup by Rumors Salon & Spa in Latham. Barbara Smith’s hair and makeup by Heaven on Earth Beauty Salon in Albany. Thanks to 90 State for providing the photo venue and to Hilton Albany for providing parking. 


“This year’s Women of Excellence Award honorees demonstrate strong commitment to work, community service and their families,” said Mark Eagan, Chamber CEO. “They have distinguished themselves among their peers and are setting an example for everyone in business by enjoying professional success and personal fulfillment. We are proud to honor them as Women of Excellence.”

“These women have paved the way for others to follow. They are leading initiatives that drive trends and establish new benchmarks. They are helping to shape our future in the Capital Region and beyond. Their stories are inspiring and The Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber is honored to recognize and celebrate with them,” said WBC chair Susan Radzyminski of EYP Architecture & Engineering.


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