March 8, 2021

2021 Women of Excellence Announced

Six 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 30th annual awards program on Friday, May 21.

Due to the pandemic, the awards will be held as a hybrid. The event will be live streamed and except for sponsors and recipients, attendees will be able to celebrate with the recipients virtually.

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

Distinguished Career
Dr. Joanne Porter, Albany Medical Center

Excellence in the Professions
Theresa M. Skaine, Esq., of counsel, Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC

Excellence in Management
Shaloni Winston, The Arc Lexington

Excellence in Business Development
Elizabeth Smith-Boivin, Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York

Excellence in Business
Drue Sanders, Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers

Emerging Professional

“This year’s Women of Excellence Award honorees excel in their work and demonstrate a strong commitment to their families and community service,” said Mark Eagan, Chamber President and CEO. “They are leading the way in their respective fields and we are proud to honor them as Women of Excellence.”

“The Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber is honored to recognize these six women for their achievements and contributions to our business community,” said Emily Light, WBC chair. “This year we had an astounding number of applicants – all of whom were amazing. It was not an easy decision for the Selection Committee, but this year’s winners rose to the top. They truly personify excellence and are an inspiration to everyone around them.”

The event’s presenting sponsors are CAP COM Federal Credit Union, GE, MVP Health Care and New York Oncology Hematology. Artistry of Face, BlueShield of Northeastern New York and Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing & Heating Contractors, Inc. are supporting sponsors, Ellis Medicine is the video sponsor, and the media partner is the Times Union’s Capital Region [email protected]